Saturday, August 14, 2010

Say Good Bye to Fruit Flies

We've all experience those annoying little fruit flies roaming through our house. They enjoy trying to fly up your nose, into your mouth and just out of reach so you can't kill them. Getting rid of these pests is remarkable easy. By removing their food source, doing some cleaning and laying out some fruit fly traps, your home can become fruit fly free.

Prevention and Clean-up

Fruit flies love ripe veggies, sweets and ripe/overripe fruit. The fermentation of the fruit is what attracts them. If you are finding fruit flies in your house that means they have a food source and are laying eggs. In order to remove the fruit flies you need to locate their food source and remove it.

-Wash kitchen surfaces and counters daily with hot soap and water.
-Wipe up spills immediately.
-Wash your dishes or put them in the dishwasher immediately after eating.
-Keep the area beneath countertop and heavy appliances clean.
-Dirty residue inside drains & sinks attract fruit flies. If you suspect that is where they are camping out keep those drains clean by pouring boiling water down them daily.
-Don't throw away those fruit rinds, pits and peels in garbage cans located in the home. Dispose of them in an outdoor garbage or compost.
-Don't leave beverage cans, glasses or containers laying around the house. Rinse them out immediately when they are empty and put them in the recycling in the garage or shed. Fruit flies are attracted to beer, wine, soda, fruit juice and sweet liquors.
-Don't store crushed aluminum cans in your basement or attached garage.
-Make sure your kitchen garbage can has a lid that fits tightly.
-During the warm summer months remove your kitchen garbage each day.
-Keep food that is wrapped in plastic stored in the refrigerator.
-Keep your pantry clean. Check for spills, leaks or bags that aren't properly sealed.
-Check your onions and potatoes often to make sure they aren't rotten.

It will appear you have rid your home of fruit flies and then you'll discover another batch flying around a few days later. This is because eggs hatch every 7-10 days. You need to keep repeating the process of cleaning, removing food sources and laying traps until all the eggs have been hatched.

Fruit Fly Traps

Coca-Cola Trap

Put 1-2 inches of Coca Cola Classic in an empty pop bottle. With a hammer and nail, make a small hole in the cap and then screw back on the bottle. Place the bottle in the room where fruit flies seem to be concentrated. They will crawl into the bottle but won't be able to escape.

Cider Vinegar Trap

1 cup water
1 cup cider vinegar
2 tsp. dishwashing liquid

Into a jar pour all the ingredients and set out in area where you are seeing fruit flies. The odor will attract the fruit flies and they will be covered with the soap and drown.

1 comment:

Captain Morgan said...

That is a good question and I’m not sure what species of fruit fly is in the picture. Sorry! :)