The common fruit fly is found where ever there is a steady supply of rotting fruit or smelly garbage that has food scraps in it. Because of this, places that are dirty or filled with a large number of fruit trees have the highest rates of infestations of them.
These flying insects have a short lifespan, which is why they are drawn to fruit that is fermenting. Although it isn't understood why the phenomena occurs, consuming this food source somehow gives them one more day to live. These flies multiply very quickly, so getting rid of them isn't easy.
If they should infest a home, they will lay eggs in sink drains, bowls of fruit, or open containers of trash. Luckily, there are a few natural ways to get rid of them for good that all use items that you probably have around the house right now.
1. Homemade Pesticide
This spray can be used to kill many types of insects when it is sprayed directly on them. It works by damaging their outer exoskeleton. Be sure to keep several bottles of it in different places of the home and yard, so it can be grabbed quickly if a fruit fly is spotted.
You will need...
- 1/4 cup of white vinegar
- 1 teaspoon of dish soap
- 2 cups of water
Add the white vinegar and dish soap to a clean spray bottle. Then, fill it up the rest of the way with the water. Direct the nozzle to the stream position, and it is ready to use.
Avoid spraying the vinegar solution on fruit flies that are on granite countertops because the acetic acid can be damaging to this type of stone.
2. Bowl Fruit Fly Trap
This trap works by luring the fruit flies inside to the tempting fruit, but not letting them get back out. For this type of trap to be the most effective, set out four or five of them a day. Once they are full of flies, be sure to get rid of them far away from the house. Some people pour the fruit down the disposal afterwards, but this isn't a good idea, because some of their eggs might survive.
You will need:
- 1 sheet of plastic wrap
- 1 medium sized bowl
- 3 pieces of soft fruit
- 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar
- 1 fork
Chop up the fruit and put it into the bowl. Drizzle the apple cider vinegar over it to make it smell more pungent. Then, cover the top of the bowl with the plastic wrap. Be sure to seal it tightly before poking the fork through it a few times.
Bananas are one of the cheapest fruits to buy for these fruit fly traps.
3. Wine Fruit Fly Traps
Wine is made from fermented grapes, so it is no surprise that fruit flies can't get enough of it. You don't have to use your best bottle to catch them though. Any cheap wine that costs a couple of dollars will work. Don't worry about choosing a quality brand or color either.
You will need:
- 1 small sheet of paper
- 1 piece of tape
- 1 bottle of cheap wine
First, remove the cork to the bottle of wine. Then, make a paper funnel by twisting the paper slightly and fastening it with the tape. Put the funnel into the top of the wine bottle, and set it out on the kitchen counter. It won't take long for the fruit flies to go inside it. Just make sure that the opening of the funnel is small, so they won't be able to escape.
If you are concerned about having alcoholic beverages in the home for any reason, you can use grape juice or apple juice for this instead. But the fruit flies might not be attracted to it until it has sat out for a couple of days.
4. Soda Bottle Trap
Since fruit flies carry so many germs, few people want to reuse the containers from a trap that they have been in. Even if they are washed, it will hardly be appealing to eat or drink from something where a swarm of insects has died in. This soda bottle trap is better because it is easy to make, and it can be thrown away afterwards.
You will need:
- 1 empty 2-liter soda bottle that is cut in half horizontally
- 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
- 1/2 cup of water
- Petroleum jelly
Fill the bottom half of the bottom of the bottle with the water and apple cider vinegar. Then, put the top on it upside down, so it is inverted. Rub petroleum jelly around the mouth of the bottle. This will prevent them from getting out once they are inside. Be sure to choose a type of petroleum jelly that does not have a strong odor to it that could deter them.
If you don't happen to have an extra 2-liter bottle, then use one that is another size. Just be sure to reduce the proportions of apple cider vinegar and water down by half.
These are just a handful of the different natural ways that you can rid your home of fruit flies fast. You don't have to try them all at once though. Pick one or two of them to do each day to see what will work the best for you. Don't forget to print this list out, so you can have the information handy. And remember, preventative measures are also important for getting rid of fruit flies.
Inspect all of your fruits and vegetables for signs of fruit flies or their eggs before you bring them into your home. Throw out any fruit that is rotten in a garbage bin that is a good distance from your home too. Cleaning is also important. Wash down all of your kitchen surfaces with hot soapy water. Clean the trash can thoroughly, and keep it emptied on a daily basis too.
And if there have been any signs of fruit flies or eggs in the garbage disposal, pour boiling water down the sinks to get rid of them.
I hope you loved learning about this information as much as I did! If you have ever tried any of these methods before, or you have had any personal experiences with battling fruit flies, I would love to hear from you! Leave all of your comments and questions below. Don't forget to share this information with any other people who you know are having a problem with fruit flies too.