Are fruit flies taking over your kitchen? These little pests reproduce rapidly and can get into your home in a variety of ways. It does not take long for them to reach maturity after hatching from their eggs, which means that a full blown infestation can occur in almost no time at all. Many people battle with fruit flies in the spring and summer, but there are several things you can do to control the problem and hopefully keep fruit flies from coming back.
Clear The Counters
Your counters and sinks should be as clean as possible; when you allow anything sticky to remain on the surface, or if there are fruit/vegetable drippings, fruit flies can flourish. In addition, it is a good idea to take out the trash whenever it becomes full, rather than allowing it to sit in the house. Be careful with the recycling as well. Get a top for your container or take the recycling out regularly to ensure that fruit flies do not have an additional source of nourishment.
Take Care Of The Drain
Particularly if you see fruit flies around your sink, it may be a good idea to clean out the drain. Simply take a little apple cider vinegar and use it to get rid of any bits of food that are remaining. Ice is a good alternative if you don’t have apple cider vinegar on hand.
Don’t Leave Out Dishes
Dishes should be cleaned and either put in the dishwasher or away as soon as you are finished using them. Fruit flies use dirty plates as a breeding ground for their eggs. In addition, leaving out water is another way that you may inadvertently encourage fruit flies to stick around for a while. Getting rid of any potential breeding grounds should make a huge difference in the amount of pests that you see in your home.
Get Rid Of The Existing Flies
One of the best ways to get rid of fruit flies is by making a vinegar trap. Take a cup and put either apple cider, balsamic, or red wine vinegar in it. Put plastic wrap over the top of the cup and secure it so that it stays put. Poke a few holes in the plastic; the flies will be drawn into the cup but they won’t be able to find their way back out again.
Keep Fruit Washed And Covered
Most fruit flies travel in to homes on fruit. Therefore, when you bring fruit back from the grocery store, wash it right away. This will help get rid of existing flies, as well as their eggs. In addition, if you leave fruit out on the counter, you need to make sure it is covered up somehow. This will keep the fruit flies away.
Fruit flies can be very difficult to deal with. The tips included here should help you deal with and/or prevent an infestation, but if you continue to have problems, don’t hesitate to have an EnSec technician come out to your home to assist you!