Fruit flies are those pesky, little flies that show up near produce that you have sitting on your kitchen table or counter. These are sometimes tough to get rid of because they can lay up to 500 eggs at one time and the time from egg to adulthood is only 10 days or so. There are some different ways that you can use to get rid of fruit flies in your home. I swear I never encountered fruit flies until I moved to Washington and when they show up it is brutal and they can be hard to get rid of. (I have included links to some great products that can make your life easier. You can buy them through my online sales links.)
The first thing you need to do in order to get rid of fruit flies is to stop them from breeding. To achieve this, you don’t want to leave fruit or vegetables out like potatoes, tomatoes, and onions. You want to store these in the fridge to help prevent them. Also be sure to clean out recycling bins that have bottles and cans in them and clean the sides and bottom of trash cans. Sometimes the residue of food can attract them into your house as well.
How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies in Your Home:
Trap Them With Apple Cider Vinegar- Fruit flies love the smell of fermentation and this type of vinegar is made from fermented apples. For this, you will need a mason jar, funnel, ½ cup of apple cider vinegar and a drop of dish soap. Heat up the apple cider vinegar and pour it into the mason jar. Add a drop of dish soap, which is to ensure the flies won’t just sit on the vinegar when they are done drinking. Place the funnel into the jar. The fruit flies will be attracted to the fermentation, go into the jar but won’t be able to get out and they will ultimately drown.
Fruit Trap- Fruit flies love fruit so this is a great way to lure them into a trap. You will need a mason jar, plastic wrap, toothpick and fruit that is overripe. Add the fruit pieces to the mason jar, cover with plastic wrap and secure with a rubber band. Using a toothpick, poke a few holes in the plastic wrap and set the jars where you see the fruit flies congregating. The flies will be attracted to the fruit but won’t be able to get out. You can submerge the jar into a sink of hot, soapy water to ensure they won’t come back out.
Clean Counters- After getting rid of the fruit flies I also find it helpful to wipe down any surfaces they were on or near. I always do a thorough spray and wipe down with an all-purpose cleaner.
How do you prevent fruit flies and get rid of them?