Smart Ways to Kill Fruit Flies
If you have been seeing small flies or gnats in your kitchen, they’re probably fruit flies. Fruit flies can be a problem year round, but are especially common during late summer/fall because they are attracted to ripened or fermenting fruits and vegetables.
Tomatoes, melons, squash, grapes and other perishable items brought in from the garden are often the cause of an infestation developing indoors. Fruit flies are also attracted to rotting bananas, potatoes, onions and other unrefrigerated produce purchased at the grocery store. This fact sheet will explain how infestations originate and how they can be prevented in your home or place of business.
Tired of them taking over? First toss anything overripe, and then try one of these effective remedies to banish them from your kitchen.
- Unfiltered apple cider vinegar
Remove the cap from the bottle (it doesn’t have to be full — nearly empty will also work). Cover the opening in plastic wrap and secure with a rubber band. Then, poke a hole for the fruit flies to enter. They can’t resist the scent of vinegar, and they won’t be able to exit once they’re inside.
- Vinegar and dish soap
If you find your fruit flies are impervious to the plastic wrap, try adding three drops of dish soap to a bowl of vinegar, and leave it uncovered. The soap cuts the surface tension of the vinegar so the flies will sink and drown.
Tips for Elimination
Oh, no! Despite your best efforts, fruit flies have found their way into your house. You’re surely annoyed, but the situation need not persist. There are various methods that work to catch and control the fly infestation.
Try this fruit fly trap – MBOX insect trap: Fill a small container or an empty soda bottle with a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar, two tablespoons of water, and a few drops of fruity-smelling dish soap. Place the container in the kitchen near where the pests have been most active. Fruit flies are highly attracted to vinegar and will fly straight to it. Although you may need to refresh the trap nightly for a period of three or four days, you won’t have to wait long to notice that the fruit fly population has dwindled or disappeared.
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Alternatively, drop a piece of rotten fruit into a glass jar. Next, puncture the pointy end of a cone-shaped coffee filter and place the filter on top of the glass jar. Flies will smell the fruit and fly straight through the hole to pursue the food into the jar only to end up trapped by the filter. While the fruit flies are smart enough to fly into the trap, they don’t know enough to fly out. Release your prisoners outdoors, repeating the process as often as needed.
An equally effective trap is placing a piece of rotten fruit into a bowl of red wine or red wine vinegar. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, then use a fork to poke very small holes through the plastic. So long as those holes you make aren’t overly large, the flies won’t be able to escape.
Keep in mind, too, that rubbing alcohol kills fruit flies more or less instantly. If things have gotten out of hand—or if you feel like doing a little hunting of the little buggers at home—fill a spray bottle with alcohol and direct it toward any hovering fruit flies you encounter. Don’t get any of the alcohol on your fruit, though—it causes fruit to spoil. http://mbox-qm.com