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Published on July 24th, 2013 | by Tom


How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies in the Kitchen & House

It’s really a bad feeling to find the Fruit Flies invaded when you’re making your salad or peeling fruits. You begin to battle with the annoying pest, and you find they seem continuous. Compared to do the hard battle, you’d better just sit down to finish this article. Some useful methods are recommended here to help you get rid of fruit flies.

Trap method. Prepare a piece of old, skinless fruit, some wine. Mix them in a bowl. Wrap the bowl tightly with a plastic wrap. Then, use a fork to poke many small holes. Once the fruit flies go in, they can’t get back out. If you worry about that the fruit flies also can’t get in the bowl, you can use a tall glass and top it with a funnel. As to the bait, there are also many other options, such as apple cider vinegar, toothpaste, banana liqueur, rotten fruit. But the tequila and wine was proved to be the most effective ones.

Incense may be an option if you can tolerate the smell. Cedar-scented incense can drive the fruit flies effectively because the tiny lungs of fruit flies can’t handle the smoke and they will die or escape. This works well but the smell may be a little annoying especially in the summer.

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies in the Kitchen & House

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A fan near the vulnerable areas works too. Keep it blowing, the fruit flies can’t land in a cross wind.

Eliminate the sources of attraction and breeding. Compared to treat it after, to prevent it occurring before may be a better choice. You can eliminate the sources of attraction and breeding by do cleaning and storage timely.

  • Wash your dishes immediately after usage, especially when there are residues of sweet things like jelly or wine.
  • Clean recycling cans. Empty soda cans, wine bottles, and beer cans where are wonderful place for fruit flies. Remove any residues by scrubbing them thoroughly.
  • Empty your bins daily. Throw all trash away daily and don’t re-use the plastic garbage bags. If you do compost, also take out your compost daily.
  • Clean your refrigerator. The seals of the refrigerator door, the top and under the fridge should be cleaned weekly.
  • Clean your vegetables and fruits outdoors if possible. And discard or use all overripe fruit.
  • Store your vegetables and fruit timely, never just leave them barely in the kitchen, put them in the refrigerator or cover them with plastic wrap.

image: Jack Dykinga/USDA/ARS/Bugwood.org

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