Fruit flies are very small and almost harmless creatures, that become an extreme annoyance to everyday living. They usually swarm around the kitchen, when food has been left out or is being prepared. These flies can lay up to 500 flies at a time but their life cycle only lasts around 10 days. So you sooner you start extermination and/or the prevention process the better! Be rid of these nuisance pests by following these steps to identify and exterminate the household fruit flies.
- Very small type of fly, that is 3-4 mm long when full grown.
- The full-grown adult fruit fly will have 6 legs, two wings, and two large eyes.
- Typically dark in color with red eyes and usually the shape of a grain of rice.
- Will be found in the trash, fruits or any sweet foods that have been left out in the open.
- A single fruit fly can lay up to 500 eggs at one time! They will usually lay these egg around organic matter so when the eggs hatch they will have food read to feed on.
Preventing Fruit Flies:
- Make sure to shut all blinds and doors, to prevent the fruit flies from entering.
- Use an all-purpose cleaner to spray the kitchen, counters, cabinets and any areas you feel that the fruit fly may wish to hang out then wipe down with a towel.
- Then store all open foods and sweet beverages in safe and sealed place such as cooler, cabinet or refrigerator.
- Wash all produce before storing them in the kitchen.
- Cover fruit bowls or any dishes that are sitting out to prevent them from attracting any flies.
Already found out you have fruit fly infestation? That’s okay, just follow these tips!
- If there are any food or drink products that have already been heavily infested with fruit flies dispose of immediately in a trash bag and bring to the outdoor garbage disposal. (This is to prevent any eggs from hatching and will get rid of any fruit flies in the existing products.)
- Now that you have gotten rid of the existing larva and many of the full-grown flies. Invest in a disposable fly trap and place in the pantry, on counters or any areas you feel the flies are around the most. (These fly traps can normally be purchased at Walmart, Target or any major superstore/drugstore.)
- You can also make your own fly trap by:
- Mix together in a container, two tablespoons of apple cider vinegar, a couple drops of dish soap and 1 tablespoon of sugar. Place container in an area where the flies normally gather, they will soon become attracted to the smell and get themselves caught in the gooey substance.
- Another alternative is to drown the fruits in red wine, while also trapping them with the dish soap. Combine the desired amount of red wine, with a small fraction of soup in a container. Then place the plastic wrap on the top of the container, poke small holes and put in an area the flies will often be around.
- You can also use these natural remedies to get rid of fruit flies by making a paper funnel. You can do this by Selecting some sort of glass bottle such as a wine bottle, vase or soda bottle to use for the trap.
- Add in the bait for the fruit flies- Make sure to choose a bait that is very sugary, because this is what attracts the flies. This can be juice or soda, pieces of fruit (can be rotten because this is more sugary) and honey/maple syrup.
- To create the funnel roll a piece paper into a funnel shape (you can use a piece of paper or even a coffee filter to create this part). Then place the funnel into the container where to tip is pointing down and make sure it is not touching the bait at all. Place the trap in the most efficient area overnight, until you see fruit flies have been trapped within. You will still need to kill the fruit flies that have been trapped. You do this by pouring a mixture of warm water and dish soap to drown the flies. Repeat this method if necessary
- Last but not least you can make a homemade concoction to exterminate these bothersome flies. Combine 2 ounces and 4 ounces of raw sugar and a pint of milk in a saucepan. Let this cook for about 10 minutes and then pour the liquid into a dish. This mixture will attract the flies and cause them to down once they have come in contact with it.