How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies


Authored by Michelle Fairbrother in Pest Control
Published on 10-27-2009

Almost everyone has had to deal with fruit flies before. Even after going to the effort of buying special bags and keeping any fruit on the cupboards wrapped up, fruit flies can still linger be real pests. The hardest part is getting rid of the darn things because it seems as though nothing can work to get rid of them. For being so tiny these bugs are certainly a pain and it seems as though within seconds the entire kitchen goes from having a single fruit fly to being full of these little buggers. Fortunately there are a few methods for killing these pesky flies that really do work.

The only way to get rid of fruit flies is to deal with the problem right at the source. Fruit flies live off of food and they especially love overripe and even rotting fruit. The biggest misconception however is that the fruit flies will only feed off of fruit, because this is not the case. They will go after all types of food and also gather on dirty washcloths and juice spills. They are able to breed in almost any moist and organic material. Therefore it is going to be necessary to do a clean sweep of the kitchen in order to get rid of fruit flies for good.

Check the dishwasher for foreign pieces of food and make sure that the sink does not have any leftover crumbs or pieces of chicken from last night’s supper. Anywhere there is food or moisture fruit flies can gather and create a breeding ground. It is necessary to get rid of all sources in order to kill the pests off. Open garbage bags, empty wine bottles, candy wrappers – this is like an all you can eat buffet for fruit flies. Nothing should be left out in the kitchen either on the cupboard or the floor. Even those people who keep a very tidy home are going to need to be extra careful in keeping the kitchen spotless until the pest problem is dealt with.

All of the fruit from off the cupboards should be taken and stored in the fridge for the meantime. Even when fruit is bagged up tightly fruit flies can still make their way in.

There are different traps that can be used to kill fruit flies as well. There are the store bought fruit fly traps which work quite well and which are usually very affordable. There are also a few simple traps that can be made right at home with a couple of supplies. The pop bottle trap is one of the most popular. Tried and true, it has been found to work quite well with fruit fly infestations and is definitely worth a try.

To create the pop bottle trap, a 2 liter soda bottle, fruit juice and cooking oil will be needed. Pour a bit of the juice into the bottle along with a few drops of cooking oil and then just leave the bottle out open somewhere in the kitchen. This trap will work because the fruit flies will be attracted to the juice and fly into the bottle and then get stuck in the oily mixture. Leave the trap out on the kitchen cupboard for a few days and those pesky suckers will keep flying in and eventually they will be taken down one by one. It may seem a little cruel but after spending hours waving hands around trying to swat the bugs away from food and faces it won’t seem like such a bad idea.

Fruit flies may be small but they are incredibly annoying and can be very difficult to get rid of. These are all effective pest control tips for killing fruit flies that really do work. Anyone who is dealing with a fruit fly problem in their home and who feels as though they are at their wits end should give these ideas a shot. When diligent with these routines the fruit flies will be gone for good.


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