How to Trap & Get Rid of Fruit Flies
You may remember fruit flies (scientifically speaking Drosophila, usually melanogaster) from your days in school, specifically biology class. The good times when we mixed up that delicious concoction of gelatinous goo for them to lay their eggs in so their larvae would have something to eat when they hatched. It was a hell of a good time. We got to watch fruit flies mate, lay eggs, hatch, eat their little hearts out, metamorphosise, and start all over again. Even more fun, for me at least, was gassing them, counting them, and looking for and recording mutations through the generations. Sadly, though, that was my first and last enjoyable experience with the fruit fly. After I moved out of my parents’ place, I had the freedom to be a slob, not do my dishes for weeks, and leave anything I wanted laying around for as long as I wanted.
The little flies that frequently appear near unrefrigerated produce in your kitchen are probably fruit flies, which are sometimes called vinegar flies. They are extremely hard to get rid of, but if you use a multiphase plan of attack, you should be able to do it.
Fruit flies can lay up to 500 eggs at a time near the surface of fermenting (ripening) foods or other organic materials. The entire life cycle from egg to adult takes only about eight to ten days so they proliferate with great rapidity. They can also lay their eggs in sink drains, garbage disposals, empty bottles and cans, garbage bags, and even damp mops and sponges.
The first step in control is to eliminate the sources of attraction and breeding. Don’t leave ripened fruit or vegetables like onions, tomatoes, or potatoes exposed; keep them in the refrigerator until the problem is resolved. Frequently clean recycling bins that hold empty bottles and cans, and make sure the contents are thoroughly cleaned before discarding. Be sure the bottoms and the sides of garbage cans are free of any small bits of food or spilled juices. Be sure the bottoms and the sides of garbage cans are free of any small bits of food or spilled juices.
How to Prevent Fruit Flies
Make your home less attractive to fruit flies by:
- Keeping your garbage disposal and drains clean. Fruit flies love to hang out in kitchen sink drains. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice to clean out and disinfect the garbage disposal drain.
- Remove old sponges and dirty towels and wash promptly.
- Overripe fruit should be moved into the fridge. Overripe fruit on a kitchen counter is a fruit fly’s dream. Overripe bananas can be stored in your freezer for many months and are the perfect ingredient for banana cake or banana bread. Instead of throwing away other overripe fruits (such as apples, plums, etc.), consider using them to make fruit compote or applesauce.
- Avoid keeping wine glasses, beer bottles and other alcoholic beverages on kitchen counters for any extended period of time, even just overnight. Fruit flies favor all alcoholic beverages. Washing out wine glasses and rinsing out beer bottles is a good way toprevent fruit fly infestation.
- Store trash in a covered bin.
How to Trap Fruit Flies
There are a number of simple, effective ways to catch and trap fruit flies, including making your own fruit fly traps:
- Make your own jar and funnel trap. Simply find an old jar, such as a pickle jar or even a plastic container. Fill it with some alcohol or place overripe fruit inside. Make a funnel out of a piece of paper and place it in the jar. Fruit flies will quickly fly into the trap and not be able to find their way out.
- UseQM indoor fly zapper to catch those fruit flies. MBOX bug zapper is one of the products of QM which uses a new and highly effective method to catch mosquitoes.
Female mosquitoes and small flies track their victim through CO2 up to a range of 50meters, combined with the sense of smell of H2O, female mosquitoes are very effective in tracking their victim. MBOX uses a new method developed by Akira Fujishima (President of the Tokyo University of Science), this method uses photo catalysis of titanium dioxide (also known as the Honda-Fujishima Effect). Comparing the old bug zappers being placed used, the MBOX bug zapper of QM is more ecofriendly and increases the chances of catching more female mosquitoes. Simply plug it into power, and MBOX bug zapper would kill these mosquitoes swiftly and silently. It is chemical free, making it perfect for infants and the pregnant woman. MBOX bug zapper is non-toxic, harmless, yet safe, swift and reliable.
- Another option is to take clear plastic wrap and cover a shallow bowl or mug of wine. Then poke a few small holes with the tip of a pen, pencil or fork. About 6-8 small openings is sufficient. The small holes will make it easy for the flies to get in but harderfor them to get out once they are in the wine.