Fruit flies may be one of the most annoying creatures around. Although they are barely 1/8 inch long, these tiny red eyed monsters know how to infuriate and frustrate the average person. Typically they are a major problem in later summer and early fall. My problem has actually been all summer. Thus the reason for my research on how to rid of these pesky flies.
Fruit flies are generally attracted to overripe and rotting fruits and vegetables. Fruit flies breed in moist areas: garbage disposals, drains, empty cans, trash cans, etc. Their life cycle is completed in about a week, and a female can lay as many as 500 eggs — with an adequate food supply, a fruit fly population can rapidly become a problem.
The following are ten suggestions to help rid of the fruit fly that may be buzzing around your kitchen.
1. Find and eliminate the source of the problem. This means you absolutely must not leave any overripe or rotten fruits or vegetables anywhere around, including your trash can. It doesn’t take long for these pests to invade so even if the food is sitting around for a short period of time, they will find it!
2. Repel them with an oil diffuser. Mix several drops of cinnamon, cedarwood, and citronella into an oil diffuser. It will repel fruit flies, house flies, and mosquitoes.
3. Repel them with basil. This is hardly common knowledge, but fruit flies dislike basil. Place basil leaves in the kitchen and near the fruit bowl, and you should see fewer fruit flies in the area. Of course, this will not kill them.
4. Clean the kitchen sink and drain. Fruit flies often hang around the kitchen sink, attracted by moisture and food particles. Mix 1/8 cup of household ammonia with one gallon of tap water, pour the mixture down the drain, and leave it undisturbed for a while.
5. Kill them with rubbing alcohol. Fill a fine-misting spray bottle with rubbing alcohol, and spray the fruit flies. The alcohol will kill them, and dead fruit flies can be easily cleaned up with a wet rag.
6. Hang fly strips in areas favored by fruit flies . An ordinary fly strip might attract fruit flies. Hang one in the kitchen, or near the garbage can. This remedy will probably be less effective than others.
7. Trap them with vinegar in a bowl or jar. Fill a bowl or jar to the halfway point with vinegar and add a bit of detergent. Now, stretch a piece of saran wrap over the top of the bowl or jar, and poke several holes in it. Fruit flies will be attracted to the mixture, feed on it, be unable to exit the trap, and die inside.
8. Trap them with apple cider in a jar. Fill an old jar to the halfway point with apple cider. Punch holes into the lid, screw it on, and set it near the kitchen sink. Fruit flies will be drawn to the trap by the smell of the apple cider, but once they enter it, will be unable to exit.
9. Attract and kill them with apple cider vinegar and detergent. Fill a small bowl or saucer with apple cider vinegar and a bit of detergent.
10. Lastly, be persistent in your efforts!!
I tried several of these suggestions and can happily tell you I am rid of my greatest annoyance! Good luck to you and I look forward to hearing in the comments which one of these tips helped you conquer your fruit fly problem!