Fruit flies may be pesky, but there are tons of things you can use to fight back that you may have lying around the house. Fruit flies are the tiny little bugs that land on fruit and are nearly impossible to catch or kill once airborne. Some people call them gnats; others call them drain flies. No matter what you call them they are annoying and can be embarrassing once they take hold in your kitchen and start multiplying. |
Fruit flies are primarily nuisance pests. However, they also have the potential to contaminate food with bacteria and other disease-producing organisms.
If you keep a fresh fruit bowl on the kitchen table in hopes that your kids will snack from it, but end up with partially moldy peaches, leopard-spotted bananas, and the darting buzz of pesky critters, you may have a fruit fly problem. Get rid of those annoying pint-size insects by trying one of these methods for killing and trapping.
The best way to avoid problems with fruit flies is to eliminate sources of attraction. Produce which has ripened should be eaten, discarded or refrigerated. Cracked or damaged portions of fruits and vegetables should be cut away and discarded in the event that eggs or larvae are present in the wounded area. A single rotting potato or onion forgotten at the back of a closet, or fruit juice spillage under a refrigerator can breed thousands of fruit flies. So can a recycling bin stored in the basement which is never emptied or cleaned.
People who can their own fruits and vegetables, or make wine, cider or beer should ensure that the containers are well sealed; otherwise, fruit flies will lay their eggs under the lid and the tiny larvae will enter the container upon hatching. Windows and doors should be equipped with tight-fitting (16 mesh) screens to help prevent adult fruit flies from entering from outdoors.
Fruit fly habitat is any place they can find something sweet or fermented, with a little moisture. Empty soda cans, wine bottles, and beer cans fit that bill perfectly. Once you've dumped the produce, turn your attention to the recycling bin. Take all your bottles and cans out for pickup. Then give the bin itself a thorough scrubbing to remove any residue of beer, wine, or juice.
A better approach, however, is to construct a trap by placing a paper funnel (rolled from a sheet of notebook paper) into a jar which is then baited with a few ounces of cider vinegar. Place the jar trap(s) wherever fruit flies are seen. This simple but effective pest control trap will soon catch any remaining adult flies which can then be killed or released outdoors.
Know your enemy! I have a new respect for these pests after looking into why they are so difficult to kill on a surface or while airborne. If you tried hard and not worked at all, better approach the pros
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