How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies Yourself
Fruit flies are common insects that are quick to ruin a picnic or invade a kitchen. Though not particularly resilient, the bugs are difficult to smack one by one. If you encounter several fruit flies, you’re probably in for a prolonged battled if you only arm yourself with a swatter or rolled up newspaper.
Keeping Your Home Fruit Fly FreeFruit flies are attracted to, well, fruit. But really, any kind of exposed sugar is a big draw, whether it be prepared food or drinks left out. To avoid the flies, the most important thing is denying them access to that sugar. First, keep all your food, including your fruit, sealed up and in the fridge or cabinets. Quickly clean up any food spills or messes. Take out your trash frequently, tie the bags up tight, and always cover your garbage can lids.
Getting Rid of Fruit Flies
Fruit flies are crafty and persistent. Sometimes, no matter what precautions you take, a few manage to sneak their way in to your home. Luckily, there are several easy methods available for getting rid of fruit flies. You can, of course, always use a pesticide spray. But most insecticides are very toxic to people—not exactly what you want to be spraying near your food. Instead, try one of these natural, cheap, homemade alternatives:
Vinegar is toxic to fruit flies in the proper concentrations. Pour about a third of a cup of vinegar into an empty spray bottle. A used and washed out window cleaner bottle works fine. Drizzle a little bit of dish soap into the vinegar. If you have apple cider vinegar, that will naturally attract the flies. Otherwise, pour about a quarter of a cup of pulp-free sweet juice, such as apple or grape juice. Spray somewhere you suspect the flies will land, and watch the bait take care of them.
Alcohol performs basically the same function as the vinegar. To prepare the bait, mix a bit of fruit syrup or juice with beer or wine, and spray as usual. Rubbing alcohol or stronger spirits can also work, but you’ll want to water them down a bit before use. For more tips on how to deal with fruit flies (or any other pest in the book) stay tuned to our blog and check out our site, PestControlExperts.com!