How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

by Liz Mtz - June 12, 2020

Fruit flies are annoying and can be embarrassing if you have friends or family coming over. These tiny insects can multiply quickly if they are not taken care of. Female fruit flies can lay around 500 eggs per day and the eggs can hatch in about 30 hours.

Why do we get a fruit fly infestation?

Fruit flies love ripe and rotting fruit or vegetables. We often don’t notice fruit is rotting because it can be hidden or we simply forget, but this is when fruit flies take advantage and thrive in this environment.

Are they dangerous?

They might not be big and scary, but they can contaminate food with bacteria and pathogens. Always store your fruit and vegetables in your refrigerator or in air-tight bags. Notice where you have seen the fruit flies and regularly check to see if there are any before they reproduce and get out of control.

Fruit Fly Trap

Fruit fly trap

DIY Fruit Fly Trap

Fruit Flytrap

Getting rid of fruit flies

One of the easiest and cheapest ways to get rid of fruit flies is with fruity wine. As mentioned before, these flies love fruits so creating a small trap will help you get rid of them. Items needed to create a DIY trap:

Now that you have all the items needed, pour some wine into the glass, cover it with the plastic wrap, and secure it with a rubber band. The final step is to poke holes in the plastic wrap, so the flies can enter and get stuck in the wine. Depending on the number of flies you will either find dead flies the next day or over the course of a few days. Flies can’t resist the smell and will enter to try to get the wine and will not come out thanks to the trap.

You might already have all these items at home and might not have to spend anything on the trap. If you just need the wine, the wine costs about $10 at your local grocery store or liquor store.

House cleaning tips and tricks

Remember to throw away rotting fruits and vegetables. Regularly check areas where you have fruits, these are areas where fruit flies thrive. There will less chances of getting fruit flies if your home is clean.

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