A fruit fly infestation can be a truly annoying experience. Here’s how to get rid of fruit flies.
Where Do Fruit Flies Come From?
Reach for a peach, and what happens? A squadron of fruit flies takes to the air above the fruit bowl! Where the heck did they come from?
They probably didn’t come from the grocery store. They come into house from the outside when they smell fruit as it’s ripening, especially if it was starting to get a bit overripe. (Fruit flies actually prefer wine and beer to fruit because they like food that has fermented.)
What are Fruit Flies?
The tiny, yellowish insects are part of a large family of small flies that has about 3,000 species. Unlike houseflies, which can spread disease, fruit flies are harmless. They can live and breed in drains and garbage cans and on damp mops and rags. Spilled juice under the refrigerator or a rotten potato at the bottom of a bin can be a happy home for the fruit fly.
Fruit flies lay their eggs near the surface of your ripe fruit—and they can lay 500 eggs at a time! About 30 hours later, tiny larvae emerge and feed on the fruit. In a week, they are ready to take to the air.
The entire life span of a fruit fly is only about 2 weeks. However, researchers have discovered that drinking a fermented beverage will enable a fruit fly to live a day or two longer—and a day or two is quite a bit when your life is only 2 weeks!
How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies
Fruit Fly Traps
You can buy fruit fly traps or make your own, and either way they should be very effective. One of the most common traps is the vinegar trap.
- Fill several glasses with apple cider vinegar to about ⅔ full.
- Then add a drop of dishwashing liquid to each glass and mix.
- Put plastic wrap on the top of the glass so that it is tight, and hold the plastic wrap in place with a rubber band.
- Punch about ten holes in the plastic wrap, and put the jar near the fruit flies. They should enter the trap and drown in the mixture.
How to Prevent Fruit Fly Infestations
- Refrigerate or throw away ripened or damaged fruit instead of leaving it out where the fruit flies can access it.
- Make sure you check the garbage regularly, and check all your produce for rot.
- Completely clean up any spilled fruit juice, beer, or wine.
- Be sure to clean your drains regularly, as fruit flies can live there. Use these tips for clearing drains.
Have you ever gotten fruit flies? What are your solutions?