Keep Your Kitchen Free of Fruit Flies with These Quick Tips
There are few things that are more appealing than a big, beautiful bowl of fresh fruit on your dining room table, just sitting there waiting to be devoured. However, it seems that if you wait one day too long to eat up those healthy fruits your family will be inundated with pesky fruit flies that are notoriously difficult to get rid of. While eating the fruit quickly or tossing it at the first sign of rot is the best option for preventing these little nasties, we have some other quick ideas for getting rid of fruit flies should they start popping up in your kitchen.
What are Fruit Flies?
Not sure exactly what a fruit fly is? These tiny gnat-like insects are often found near overripe produce, so they are more likely to be found in the summer and fall months when you have fresh fruit from the garden or farmer's market. Fruit flies have a very short lifespan of around a week, and lay their miniature eggs near fermenting fruit or other soft organic materials. Since they like soft or rotting organic materials, fruit flies are often found near plumbing in your kitchen garbage disposal, bathroom areas or anywhere that you keep cleaning materials which may be moist. While these tiny organisms are considered pests, they are not usually dangerous, although they can contaminate food with bacteria.
Preventing an Infestation
The saying "An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure" especially applies to fruit flies. Once you have them in the home, their prolific breeding tendencies can make it difficult to eradicate these little creatures. The first step toward preventing an infestation is ensuring that all fruits and soft veggies are either refrigerated or discarded before they reach the overripe stage.
Getting Rid of Fruit Flies
If you are already finding these tiny creatures buzzing around your kitchen or plumbing, then you'll need to act quickly to keep them from proliferating. Here are some options to try that can rid your life of these little pests:
- Apple cider vinegar traps have proven to be very effective. Simply place a half-inch or so of vinegar in an open jar and add a few drops of dish soap. Flies will not be able to resist the vinegar, and the dish soap promotes surface tension so flies will become trapped.
- Rotten or very soft fruit placed in the bottom of a jar and covered with plastic wrap or paper with tiny holes poked in it will also lure the flies to their doom.
- Lemongrass essential oil sprayed in your windowsills and doorways will stop the little buggers from ever entering your house and has the added benefit of keeping other creatures at bay as well.
- Fruit fly funnels with a rolled piece of notebook paper and some apple cider vinegar placed in the bottom of a Mason jar will trap these creatures, too.
Don't let fruit season get you down! Enjoy the bounty of a good harvest without having to deal with the pesky annoyance of fruit flies in your home. Need help cleaning gunk out of your plumbing? Contact John Baethke & Son Plumbing today for the peace of mind that you deserve.