HOW TO GET RID OF FRUIT FLIES NATURALLY
Fruit flies (Drosophila melanogaster) are also sometimes called vinegar flies. They are common in homes, restaurants, supermarkets and wherever else food is allowed to rot and ferment. Adults are about 1/8 inch long and usually have red eyes. The front portion of the body is tan and the rear portion is black.
Fruit flies are different than fungus gnats, though they look very similar to each other. While both insects eat rotting organic matter, fruit flies are specifically drawn to ripening produce and fermenting food and beverages, whereas fungus gnats prefer the rotting organic matter found in moist soil.
Fruit flies lay their eggs near the surface of fermenting foods or other moist, organic materials. Upon hatching, the tiny larvae continue to feed near the surface of the fermenting food. This means that any damaged or over-ripened portions of fruits and vegetables can be cut away and composted, and you can still eat the rest of it.
Fruit flies can be a real nuisance in the house and can make it difficult to keep fruit out on the counter. Preventing them from multiplying in your house will ensure that they don’t take over your home.
Home Remedies for Killing Gnats & Fruit Flies
Before you start applying any of the methods suggested below, it is important to understand where these fruit flies and gnats are coming from. The most effective way of getting rid of these insects is to apply the methods near the source. For example, if you are dealing with drain flies then you would want to make sure you are using methods that can be applied to the drain where the gnats are coming from.
The easiest and most convenient of way of getting rid of gnats is by purchasing a reputable gnat trap. We highly recommend trying out the Gnat Stix for this purpose. Primarily designed to tackle fungus gnats, this particular product helps get rid of gnats by trapping them moments after they emerge from the soil. You will not have to rely on pesticide to get rid of gnats.
- Vinegar Trap
This is usually the go-to method for people who want to rely on homemade techniques. For this method, you will need some apple cider vinegar, sugar, dish soap, water, and a container. In the container, mix two tablespoons of vinegar, 1 tablespoon of sugar, a few drops of soap, and 1 liter of water. Mix it well then place the container around the area where you see the most gnats. The insects get attracted to the smell of cider vinegar then succumb to their death when they touch the liquid mixture because of the soap. You may want to set up several small containers around the house to get a better idea of where the gnats are breeding.
If you are dealing with drain flies then this is something that may help with reducing the problem. Sometimes, pouring bleach won’t necessarily eradicate the problem because the gnats may be breeding deep within the drainage system. When you use this method, do not straight up pour bleach into the sink. You want to dilute it a bit with a bit of water first. Some people also had some success using ammonia to kill off drain gnats. Make sure you wear eye and mouth protection when you pour these liquid into the drains. Warning: do not mix bleach with ammonia. Mixing
these two chemicals will cause a deathly toxic fume.
- Red Wine Trick
Much like the vinegar trap, the trick here is to attract the gnats and fruit flies to the scent of red wine then drown them as soon as they make contact. You may also want to mix the wine with a bit of dish soap so the gnats are unable to fly always. There is no need for expensive wines.
Cheap versions will work just as well. Pour the wine into a small container. Wrap the top of the container with plastic wrap then punch a few holes in it. Set it up near the presence of the fruit flies and gnats overnight and let the magic happen.
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