How to Get Rid of Pesky Fruit Flies
Fruit flies are odd little creatures. They suddenly appear from out of nowhere and if you’re not careful, you could soon find yourself dealing with an infestation – and battling fruit flies everywhere you turn. Here’s how you can get rid of fruit flies when they’ve taken over your kitchen, your yard, or any other place around your home.
In a shallow dish, place a small amount of wine, apple cider vinegar, or a small piece of banana. Cover the dish with plastic wrap and secure it tightly with an elastic band. Poke holes in the plastic wrap with a fork and place the dish in the area infested with fruit flies for several days. The fruit flies will be attracted to the “bait” within the dish and will fly through the holes to get to it. They will then however, not be able to get back out.
Here’s another concoction for getting rid of fruit flies: 1 pint of milk; ¼ pound raw sugar; and 2 ounces of ground pepper. Place these ingredients in a saucepan and simmer on the stove for 8 – 10 minutes. After it’s simmered, pour this mixture in a shallow dish. The fruit flies will be attracted to the sugar, and the rest of the ingredients will suffocate the fruit flies.
There’s also another mixture that you can create that will kill the fruit flies. This is ¼ cup of white vinegar and a drop or two of dishwashing liquid in a glass. Slowly fill the glass with water until bubbles begin to form and rise to the top. The fruit flies will be attracted to the vinegar and will fly inside the bubbles, where they will then become trapped and die.
Of course, just like you would kill common household flies, you can kill fruit flies with fly strips. Just hang these up in your kitchen, or wherever the fruit flies are congregating in your house, and the fruit flies will stick to these strips. It can also help to attach orange or lemon peels to the strip when using these to attract fruit flies.
Spraying lemongrass oil around your home can also be a great way to keep fruit flies out of your home. You can find this oil at health and naturopath stores and to use it for fruit flies, you only need to mix 10 drops of this oil with 2 ounces of hot water. Mix well and place it in a spray bottle. Spray it in the air around your home and not only will you find that your fruit flies are gone, but also your other flies, spiders, and insects.
Fruit flies can be a real pest around your home. But with a few simple items from your pantry, and some determination, you can get rid of those pesky fruit flies once and for all!
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