Nothing is worse than trying to enjoy a meal at home just to be pestered by fruit flies. For as small as they are, fruit flies can be a big problem and where you see a few fruit flies, there could be dozens more. Fruit flies breed very quickly and what may start out as a minor problem can quickly turn into a serious infestation if you aren’t careful. The sooner you take action against them, the better off you will be. Below you will find the top ten tips for getting rid of fruit flies.
Get rid of their food source. As soon as you start to notice fruit flies hanging around, you need to get rid of the produce that they are feeding on. Anything sitting on your counter that has been cut, bruised or broken needs to go – don’t just throw it in the kitchen garbage can either, you need to bag it up and take it outside.
Empty your trash can and give it a good cleaning. After throwing away your produce, you need to clean your trash can because it could be covered in drips or spills that the fruit flies will still be able to feed on. Don’t just clean the trash can, either – make sure you get the recycling bin as well.
Replace your sponges and dish rags. Many people make the mistake of using the same sponge or dishrag for weeks on end without cleaning it. Not only does this contribute to the spread of germs but it can provide a breeding ground for fruit flies as well.
Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink. Clean your dishes as soon as you are finished with them or place them in the dishwasher – this is especially important for wine glasses and glasses used for sweet beverages. If you don’t clean your dishes immediately, at least give them a good rinse.
Check your pantry for rotting produce. If you keep your onions and potatoes in a storage bin in the pantry, you should check it every once in a while to make sure nothing is rotting in there. Rotting produce is excellent feeding for fruit flies so you should not only discard it but clean out the bin as well.
Keep your sink and garbage disposal clean. When you clean your dishes in the sink or use your garbage disposal, make sure to rinse it well so there isn’t any food left sitting in the drain for fruit flies to feed on. For stubborn food deposits, try pouring boiling water down the drain while running the garbage disposal.
Give your kitchen a thorough cleaning. It is essential that you clean up any sticky or sweet spills and that you get rid of any potential breeding grounds in your kitchen to help get your fruit fly problem under control.
Set out traps made from vinegar and dish soap. Fill a jar with a few inches of vinegar and add a couple drops of dish soap then leave it uncovered on the kitchen counter. The fruit flies will be attracted to the vinegar and when they land on the surface, the soap will cut the surface tension causing them to sink.
Make a trap from a paper cone and a piece of fruit. Place a piece of cut or overripe fruit in the bottom of a jar. Roll up a piece of paper into a cone and place it in the jar with the narrow end opening into the jar. When the fruit flies crawl through the cone to get to the fruit they won’t be able to get out.
Create apple cider vinegar traps. Fill a cup or jar with a few inches of apple cider vinegar then cover it with plastic wrap and secure it in place with a rubber band. Cut a few holes in the plastic for the fruit flies to climb through – once they get into the jar they won’t be able to get out.
Fruit flies may be small and seemingly harmless but they reproduce at such high rates that they can quickly become a problem. Keeping your kitchen clean and discarding old produce will help to prevent fruit flies and, if you already have a problem, you can create some simple homemade traps to get rid of them.