Keeping "Pesty" Fruit Flies at Bay
No one likes those bothersome and pesty fruit flies! And with the abundance of fresh fruit around the hot summer months, they are at an all time high. Here are a few easy ways to keep them at bay and your kitchen in the clear!
First of all, what are fruit flies:
Fruit flies are the bane of many home owner’s existence. They have a crazy short life span, going from egg to adulthood in 8-10 days, which means they reproduce at a ridiculously fast rate. They thrive in moist, damp places, such as sink/garbage disposal drains, and are attracted to fruits and other foods-particularly ones that are fermenting or rotting (they clearly have no taste.) – Everyday Roots
Tips for Preventing:
- Keep Drains Clean:
- Pour a mixture of half white vinegar half boiling water down the drain daily to stop them at the source. Keep the area around the drain dry.
- Minimize Counter Fruit:
- Either eat or store fresh fruit in the fridge as quickly as possible.
- Empty your compost as frequently as possible as it’s a solid breeding ground with it’s decomposing fruit and veggies inside.
- Counter Tops:
- Use a cleaning solution to keep your counters juice and sugar free!
Tips for Terminating:
- In a small bowl, fill ¼ full with red wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and use a toothpick to pierce a few small holes in the plastic. Once fruit flies come in, they can’t find their way out! Note: you can also put a piece of overly ripe fruit in the bottom and allow that to attract the fruit flies.
- In a mason jar, add 1/2 cup vinegar of choice, preferable red wine or apple cider. Add a funnel to cover the top opening. The smell of fermentation attracts the fruit flies down through the funnel into the vinegar where the funnel makes it hard for them to come back up.
- Soap and Vinegar:
- Fill a medium size bowl with soapy water. Inside the soapy bowl, add a smaller bowl and fill ¼ full with red wine vinegar. Vinegar attracts the flies while the soap traps them inside.
- Red Wine:
- In a wine bottle or other tall bottle with a long neck and skinny opening, add a small amount of red wine. Fruit flies will gravitate toward the sugar and will not be able to make their way back up the opening.
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