Posted on: 22 July 2015
It's summertime. The warm weather has set in. The market is filled with a wide variety of fruit, which you're bringing home to your family. More fruit in your home means it's time to deal with those irritating fruit flies. Before you throw in the towel and call the exterminator, try a more natural approach. Take a look at these simple techniques for getting rid of fruit flies.
Trap Them in Water and Vinegar
This is an easy way to trap fruit flies so you can throw them away. Take the lid off a water bottle and add a few teaspoons of vinegar. With the lid off, place the bottle of water near the ripened fruit. The fruit flies will enter the bottle and get trapped in the water. When it's filled, place a lid on the bottle, throw it away, and replace it with a new bottle of water.
Attract Them With Apple Juice and Soap
Another way to trap fruit flies is to mix apple juice and dish soap. Place a ¼ cup of apple juice in a small bowl and add a few drops of dish soap. Place a piece of plastic wrap over the bowl and use a toothpick to poke a few holes in it. The flies, attracted to the juice, will fly into the bowl. The soap will keep the fruit flies from flying away once they land on the water.
Use Over-Ripe Fruit to Your Advantage
You bought fruit so it could ripen at home, but now that it's ripe it has attracted hundreds of fruit flies. Here are two traps you can make right at home. Place several slices of over-ripe fruit in a glass jar and cover it with a tight layer of plastic wrap. Poke a few small holes in the plastic wrap and place the jar inside your cupboard. Throw the jar away once it's filled with flies.
Clean Up and Disinfect
While you're trapping the fruit flies, get rid of the odors that are attracting them. Throw away any fruit that has rotted and then clean your cabinets to remove the odor. Fruit flies are repelled by cleaning solutions. Simply spray a small amount of cleaning solution on a damp rag and wipe down your cabinets.
Fruit flies are a real nuisance during the warm summer months. These simple techniques will help you get rid of them. However, if you notice any other summertime pests, such as ants or roaches, be sure to contact your pest control agent.Share