Even though it may seem like fruit flies spontaneously generate out of thin air, the tiny insects can come into your home through window screens, crevices around your windows or doors, or through your sink drains. Once they find their way into your house, they reproduce quickly, and before you know it, you have a full-fledged fruit fly infestation. Getting rid of the little buggers isn't always easy, but most of the time you can get rid of fruit flies on your own. So, before you call the nearest pest control company, try a few of these tips.
Isolate Any Fruit Fly Breeding Grounds
Fruit flies are attracted to sugary, organic materials, so the first thing you need to do is remove anything that could attract them from your home. To do this:
- Store all of your fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator.
- Scrape uneaten food from your plates into the trash can immediately after you eat, and take the trash out of your home at least once per day.
- After you cook, immediately put away leftover food and rinse all food particles from the dirty pots and pans.
- Wash your dishes right after you finish eating or drinking something.
- Purchase a bacterial digester, and pour it down your drains to kill any fruit flies and eggs living in the pipes.
Make a Fruit Fly Trap
Once you've eliminated everything in your home that attracts fruit flies, you need to trap them. Fortunately, making a fruit fly trap is simple.
You Will Need:
- Apple cider vinegar
- Dish soap
- Piece of paper
- Pour ½-cup of apple cider vinegar into your jar. It doesn't have to be exactly 1/2 of a cup, but you need to have enough liquid in the cup for the fruit flies to drown.
- Put two drops of dish soap into the jar. The dish soap breaks up the surface tension so that the fruit flies can't sit on top of the vinegar and fly away when they are done.
- Roll a piece of paper into a funnel shape, and use tape to secure it.
- Insert the paper funnel into the mouth of the jar. Use tape to secure the paper funnel to the jar so that it doesn't shift.
- Set the jar on your counter to give the fruit flies easy access.
- Check the jar at least once per day to make sure the fruit flies have drowned. If the fruit flies haven't drowned, place the jar in the freezer for 10 minutes to kill them.
- Set the jar back on your counter, and continue checking the progress until all of your fruit flies are gone. While it isn't necessary to remove the old contents from the jar on a daily basis, the sight of the dead fruit flies isn't exactly appealing, so you can empty and refill the jar as needed.
It takes time to resolve a fruit fly infestation, and the little insects can be extremely annoying. If you don't want to continue the process on your own, or you feel like you haven't gotten rid of all of the fruit flies, make an appointment with a pest control company such as Wild Thingz LLC.Share