I have never had a problem with fruit flies before. However this year they are terrible and I was having the hardest time getting rid of them. It’s just so gross. I’ve asked around and several of my friends are having trouble and wondering how to get rid of fruit flies too! Maybe it’s just a bad year for them.
Here are a few facts about fruit flies.
- Fruit flies frequently appear near unrefrigerated produce
- They are sometimes called vinegar flies.
- Fruit flies can lay up to 500 eggs at a time near the surface of ripening foods, in sink drains, garbage bags and even sponges
- The life cycle of a fruit fly from egg to adult takes only about eight to ten days so they multiply rather quickly.
So now that I’ve grossed you out, you definitely want to know how to get rid of fruit flies! First and for most you need to move all your fruit into the fridge. I know that’s not the preferred place for some things but just stick it in there for a couple of days. You may also want to clean your sink and trash can if you have noticed a large amount of flies near them.
Finally you make a trap to catch the adult flies and prevent them from laying more eggs. It was really easy to do but did take a few days to see complete results.
Step 1: Grab an empty water bottle. You want to use these because they fly in through the narrow neck and then they can’t fly back out.
Step 2: Fill the water bottle about halfway with Apple Cider Vinegar. I love this method because it’s non-toxic and vinegar is very inexpensive.
Step 3: Squirt some honey into the water bottle. There is no set amount. I used about 2 teaspoons worth. Now swish it around a little to mix it up.
Step 4: Add one squirt of dish detergent. I used Mrs. Meyers. Don’t shake it up after you add the dish soap. If you do, you’ll have tons of foam.
Step 5: Set the bottle on your counter and wait.
Within the first 24 hours there were quite a few floating in the bottom of the bottle. After 72 hours I was repulsed by how many of those little things were in my house. Yuck! However, they aren’t any flying around anymore. I’ll leave it out another couple of days just to be sure though.
I love this method for how to get rid of fruit flies because not only is it inexpensive and safe to use around my little boys but it’s pretty fun for them too. They love counting how many dead flies are in the bottle every morning.
Hopefully this solves your fruit fly problem. I’d also love to hear your favorite method for how to get rid of fruit flies! Do you have something that works well too?
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