How Do I Get Rid of Fruit Flies?
For some homeowners and business owners, dealing with fruit flies has become a summer ritual and in most cases, a lasting nightmare. It may not seem like it, but these tiny winged pests actually have a very short lifecycle, typically around 25 days from birth to death. As a result, all it takes is about eight days for a fruit fly to evolve from egg to full adulthood. The problem is, because of their short life span, they reproduce at an incredibly rapid pace and this results in a few fruit flies turning into a colony of hundreds seemingly overnight.
Before you ask, “how do I get rid of fruit flies?” you need to know a little more about these pesky pests. Once you know more, you will be in a better position to deal with them.
Where Do Fruit Flies Come From?
It was once believed that fruit flies actually spawned from within rotting fruit. But thankfully, this was debunked well over a hundred years ago. These flying pests actually exist outside the home but are drawn inside once they catch the scent of ripening fruit or fermenting foods. Studies even show that fruit flies can be attracted to the scent of overripe fruit from as far as several miles away!
The problem is, once they get inside your home, they can be extremely hard to get rid of. They are so tiny that they can get into your home through your screens or through any tiny crack or crevice around your doors or windows.
Once fruit flies invade your home, they’ll live anywhere where there’s moisture and/or fermenting foods. Most commonly, they lay their eggs in kitchen sinks and garbage disposals, trash cans, empty bottles, cleaning rags, and mops.
DIY Tips for Getting Rid of Fruit Flies
The first thing you should do when battling against a fruit fly infestation is to get rid of any overripe fruits or vegetables or fermenting foods on your counter. This will reduce their food source and this will have an immediate impact on their lifecycle.
Next, try one or more of these DIY remedies for getting rid of fruit flies in the house:
Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar – Fruit flies love the scent of apple cider vinegar. So, you can make a homemade trap using a bottle of the stuff. Simply remove the cap from the bottle, cover the opening with plastic wrap, and secure the plastic wrap in place with a rubber band. Poke a small hole in the top and the fruit flies will be able to get in, but not out. Once you no longer see any of the fliers, screw the cap back on and dispose of the bottle.
Dish Soap and Vinegar – If the fruit flies seem to be escaping from the above trap, then pour some vinegar into a bowl and add a few drops of dish soap. Leave the bowl uncovered on your countertop. The soap will cut the surface tension of the vinegar, thus causing the flies to fall in and drown.
Almost Empty Bottle of Red Wine – Fruit flies are also attracted to wine, red wine in particular. If you have a bottle that’s just about empty, leave it open on your counter. The fruit flies will be drawn into the bottle, but the thin neck will make it hard for them to leave.
Milk, Sugar, and Pepper – This is an old fashioned remedy that comes straight from the pages of Old Farmer’s Almanac. Simply take a pint of milk and pour it into a saucepan on the stove. Add 4 ounces of sugar and 2 ounces of ground black pepper and then simmer the mixture for about 10 minutes. Pour the mixture into a shallow dish and the fruit flies will find it irresistible. They’ll stop in for a sip and wind up drowning.
The Best Way to Get Rid of Fruit Flies – Professional Pest Control
Even though some DIY measures can help reduce a fruit fly infestation, they usually aren’t that effective at eradicating the problem or preventing future infestations. Therefore, if you really want to get rid of these little critters, then you should opt for professional pest control services.
At JP McHale, our experienced exterminators will come to your home or business to investigate the infestation. Once the breeding grounds are identified, control methods will be utilized to kill off the adult-stage flies as well as any eggs that have yet to hatch. By breaking the breeding cycle and providing you with the education and techniques necessary for helping prevent future infestations, your home will remain free of fruit flies all summer long.