Most of us have seen small brown flies hovering over our fruits and vegetable baskets. Also known as fruit flies these tiny winged creatures that are attracted to the smell of fermenting fruits and vegetables. Although the name might suggest that these creatures are attracted to fruits, the truth is that fruit flies prefer any damp, moist area in the house.
So apart from the rotten fruits and vegetables you can also find the fruit flies near your garbage dumps and open drains. Getting rid of fruit flies is quite easy as you just need to remove the breeding sources of these pesky creatures to eliminate them from your house and kitchen. Here are some tips that will help you get rid of fruit flies from your house.
- Remove the sources which can attract the swarm of fruit flies to your house and serve as their breeding place. Do not keep any overripe fruits or vegetables in the kitchen and instead dispose them off as soon as you can. Refrigerate or store the foods such as pastas, cereals and peas that are prone to getting damp by placing them in air tight plastic containers or canisters.
- Other breeding grounds of fruit flies include trash cans, opened food containers containing fruit juices and sweet liquors, dirty dishes, dishwasher and sink. Clean your dishes immediately after use and make sure that the areas around your stove and dishwasher are clean. Cover the trash bins and clean and cover any open drains in the vicinity of the house.
- To get rid of the fruit flies you can make traps to catch and suffocate them. Place a rotten fruit in a bottle. Follow this up by placing a paper cone in the mouth of the bottle with the pointed end facing the inside of the bottle. As the fruit flies enter the bottle through the cone, they are trapped inside.
- Make a mix of apple cider vinegar, fruity smelling dishwashing liquid and water. Place it in a shallow bowl. Fruit flies are attracted to this soapy mix and are trapped in it. You can also spray the house with some lemongrass oil to get rid of the fruit flies
- Place some apple cider or balsamic vinegar in a bowl and cover it with a tight plastic wrap. Use a small fork to make small holes in the wrap. The fruit flies are attracted to the vinegar and will quickly get into the bowl trap. However once they get in they will be unable to fly out and suffocate inside.