Bright bananas, succulent strawberries, tasty tomatoes...they may all be hiding a secret hoard of stowaways. I am talking about those pesky, tiny flies that get a free ride to your home on fresh produce and quickly multiply before your eyes.
The little pests can quickly form themselves into an infestations, and getting rid of fruit flies can be a challenge. An individual fruit fly can lay up to 500 eggs at a time. It usually chooses to do so near ripening food, sink drains, garbage disposals, empty bottles and cans, garbage bags, and even damp sponges.
You are going to need a multi-level attack to get rid of them all.
First, remove ripening fruit and vegetables from the counter and pantry. Store fresh produce in the refrigerator. Don’t forget the onions, potatoes, lettuce, and any other organic material. Removing the stuff the fruit flies are attracted to is the first step.
Next, thoroughly clean the kitchen, including wiping down the garbage cans and recycling bins. Throw trash out promptly. Don’t leave dirty dishes and glasses out and about. You will have to be diligent about keeping everything clean until all of the fruit flies and the fruit fly eggs are eliminated.
Finally, take the last step. Purchase a fruit fly trap or make your own homemade version. Since you will most likely be placing fruit fly traps near food and eating surfaces, make sure the traps are non-toxic.
Make your own fruit fly trap out of a simple piece of regular paper. Bend the paper into a cone and seal it with tape. Place the cone into a clean glass or jar, with the smaller opening down and the larger opening at the top. This will become the basis of your trap. To bait the trap, use a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar or a piece of ripe fruit, placed in the jar or glass. The fruit flies will enter the trap but will not be able to fly back out. Once the fruit flies are trapped, you will need to kill them or release them outside.
Place several of these traps anywhere you have seen the fruit flies.