Fruit flies can be a nuisance you would hate to have in your kitchen. Once you have a few of these flies and ignore, you can have severe attacks in a matter of eight to ten days. To be safe, you should eliminate the first fruit flies you discover inside your kitchen or outside. But do you know how to get rid of fruit flies? If you don’t, it’s important to learn a few effective tricks.
Using a drain gel – First, use a drain gel as fruit flies breed in a damp place like your drain. They can proliferate in huge numbers and multiply within a short time. Before you know, the flies are inside and outside your home. So, buy an effective drain gel online or offline and use it to treat your drain. Follow instructions correctly and thoroughly each time you use your drain gel. As well, repeat the process until your drain is free from fruit flies. When you wish to finish a breeding ground completely, use this trick.
Get rid of damp things – Fruit flies hardly thrive in dry places. You will always see them crawling over damp rags, sponges and mops. They love wetness and the rotting smell of fruits and vegetables. So the best way to reduce their rate of reproduction is to remove wet things from your house. If you want to keep them, clean them fully with hot water and dry them completely. This will get rid of eggs, ensuring that no new flies are reproduced.
Keep your surfaces clean – Fruit flies like messy and damp surfaces. If you often leave spills on your counter tops and tables, this is one of the reasons why you have fruit flies. Ensure that you wipe all your surfaces in the kitchen to control the infestation and more breeding. If there are crevices and cracks, clean thoroughly to leave the flies no room for proliferation. If you are fond of drinking fruit juices or eating fruits, wipe any spills on your countertops and floor right away. As well, do your dishes as soon as your family is done eating.
Be careful when buying and storing fruits – Fruits are the leading cause of fruit flies infestations. For that reason, we would advice you to buy your fruits carefully. Ensure that they have no signs of decay or being overripe. As well, confirm that your fruits don’t have bruises as flies can lay their eggs in the cut area. By throwing away rotten or bruised fruits before storage, you can prevent flies from increasing. As well, always wipe and dry your fresh fruits before storage.
Make traps at home – There are a number of traps you can effectively make at home and ensure that fruit flies are controlled. First, find clear jars or containers and place bait in them. You can place red wine, fruit juice, fruit pieces or cider vinegar. Next, create a cone/funnel trap and place it on top of your jar or bottle. Alternatively, place a plastic wrap around the neck of your jar and fasten it with a rubber band. Prick the tightened wrap with the pointed edge of your knife or a toothpick. Place your traps where most fruit flies hide. In no time at all, you will notice a lot of flies near your traps and others will be inside already. Wait until you have caught a lot of flies and kill them. You can dip your jar in a container full of hot water to kill the flies.
If your home traps don’t work effectively, get a commercial spray product. Make sure its label offers a thorough guide on how to get rid of fruit flies. Follow it keenly and you will be successful.