Want to know how to get rid of fruit flies in the house? Welcome to the club!
If you're like me it doesn't take long to get fed right up with tiny flying things and you want to know how to get rid of fruit flies in your house for good. They're not dangerous or harmful at all, but a hundred of them in your kitchen swarming your fresh fruit or flying in front of your face while you are trying to cook.
So here we are, my best advice for how to get rid of fruit flies in your house.
1. Remove the food that attracts them.
This may seem obvious, but it's the single biggest thing to consider when dealing with these insects. They come for your fruit. It may be why some clever individual decided to name them fruit flies. They particularly like rotting or cut fruit. Remove it all. Keep your fruit in your refrigerator, in a covered bowl. Keep all other types of food and food residue in sealed containers as well. Also remove all compost and open bottles or containers that have food residue inside. This will remove their source of food and after a couple of days they will tell their friends not to bother coming to your house.
Fruit flies can thrive off of a sticky countertop, spills and unwashed dishes. Clean and clean often. When you remove the source of food and any food residue the flies will start to leave. Remember to clean your counters, dish rags, fridge seals, cupboards and stove. It's also important to haul out your trash regularly as they will find their way inside there as well. They're clever little suckers and they will find anything you leave behind.
3. Set A Trap
A simple and effective fruit fly trap can be home made from things you have lying around the house. Place the trap near your fruit bowl or where the flies tend to gather. If you want to trap the flies at night you can leave a small light on next to the trap. They will gather at the light and be drawn into your trap. When you have trapped several fruit flies you can release them outside away from your house and repeat the process. Fruit fly traps are also available commercially.
Another useful although less humane way of trapping the flies is to simply leave a light on at night. The flies will gather at the light and can be removed with a vacuum cleaner. Repeat this as many times as needed until the flies are all gone.
You have now successfully gotten rid of the flies, let's make sure they don't come back. Cover your fruit or keep it in the refrigerator. Use screens on any doors and windows that you keep open. Another good tip for preventing fruit flies is to place a fan near the fruit bowl blowing directly at it. Flies will not gather on the fruit if there is a wind present.
Get rid of fruit flies in the house before they become a real problem. Fruit flies are a real nuisance, but implementing these tips corectly should ensure that your house is free of them. Try setting traps a little early in the season next year and live fly free.