Fruit flies may not be as terrifying as spiders or bees, but their presence is still awfully annoying. Once you see one tiny black speck fluttering around the garbage can, you know there will be more where he came from. And once they show up, they seem impossible to get rid of. Repellants don't work for the long-term, since the eggs are usually already laid by this point, and will hatch with a new generation of flies.
Here are a few simple ways you can get rid of fruit flies in your home once and for all, without needing any fruit fly repellant products.
Things You Will Need
Things You'll Need to Get Rid of Fruit Flies
Â· Soap and water
Â· A clean sponge
Â· A garbage can with a lid
Â· A supply of garbage bags
Â· Ziploc bags
Â· Tupperware or other plastic storage ware
Fruit flies have a life span of about 10 days, which gives them enough time to lay eggs. Once they start breeding is when you're in trouble, so it's important to nip the problem in the bud as soon as you notice the first couple fruit flies. Watch for where they're going. It'll usually be around your garbage can, exposed food (such as a fruit bowl), or pantry.
Clean out the fruit bowl and refrigerator and throw away any old, overripe, or rotting fruit. They're called fruit flies for a reason!
Â· Since the fruit flies usually congregate together, vacuum as many of them up as you can and throw away the vacuum bag. The suction of the vacuum will kill the fruit flies, so don't worry about them being alive in the vacuum bag.
Â· Put a couple slices of fruit in a Ziploc bag, and keep the bag open about an inch. Once most of them have flown into the bag, zip it and throw it away outside.
Â· To catch any lingering flies you can't catch while they're flying around, mist them with a spray bottle so that they land and you can easily wipe them up.
Fruit flies most commonly first appear in the kitchen where the food and primary garbage can are. So it's time to clean! Run the dishwasher, wash the pots thoroughly with soap, and throw out the half-eaten bag of chips that's been left open in the living room.
Once you've thoroughly removed the source of the flies, cleaned your home, and threw out any old fruit, it's time to take precautionary measure to ensure the fruit flies don't return:
Â· Make sure all of your trash cans have covers
Â· Only throw away food in one bin, which has a cover. Usually this will be the garbage can in the kitchen.
Â· Take out the garbage every night so it doesn't sit overnight, beckoning to new flies. Also, do not reuse the garbage bags.
Â· Keep all food sealed in plastic bins, Tupperware, or bags. Clip shut any other bagged food item, and cover bowls of leftovers with cellophane.
Â· Wipe up crumbs and spills very soon after the messes are made.
Â· Do not keep your doors or windows open for extended periods of time unless you have screens for them.
Â· Clean the counters and floor of your kitchen at least once per week.
These are simple, common sense measures, yet they are very effective at ridding your home of fruit flies once and for all. And you'll also benefit from having a cleaner home, fresher food, and a bug-free environment for your family.
Tips & Warnings
Remember these tips when you have a fruit fly problem:
Â· Fruit flies breed quickly. Repellant only temporarily solves the problem, but their eggs will hatch and you'll have to start over again. Take care of the problem as soon as you see it.
Â· Keep fruit in the fridge instead of exposed on your counter.
Â· Keep your garbage covered.
Â· Keep your food sealed away.
Â· Be clean! Clean your kitchen at least once a week, and wipe up spills as soon as they happen.