Once you see one fruit fly, you know an army isn’t far behind. Fruit flies are elusive and evasive pests that will take over your kitchen in a matter of hours. They are attracted to ripening and fermenting fruits and vegetables, like onions, peppers, bananas, apples. If you leave any perishable items out for too long, don’t be surprised if you see fruit flies zooming around your kitchen. That includes the tossed fruits and vegetables in your trash can.
See a few flies in your kitchen? Act fast. Fruit flies will breed on the surface of organic foods, laying up to 500 eggs a week! No matter how you look at it, fruit flies are an absolute nuisance.
So how do you get rid of fruit flies? Eliminate their source of attraction. Start by checking off this list:
- Check your fruit bowl for overripe fruit
- Take out the trash in your kitchen
- Clean the dishes in your sink
- Check your pantry for old produce
- Run your dishwasher once without any dishes
- Check your fridge for decaying vegetables or old leftovers
If you still can’t pinpoint their hideout, give your kitchen drain a closer look. Fruit flies are known to breed in garbage disposals, too. Fruit flies love moist environments with leftover food, so a kitchen drain is like their playground.
When it comes to eliminating fruit flies, you have a couple options. Here’s everything you need to know to take care of fruit flies in your drain:
Create a vinegar trap:
Have you heard about the absolute wonder that is apple cider vinegar? Well now you know, because you can use it to trap fruit flies. Because it’s sweet and organic, fruit flies love apple cider vinegar. Find a small container in your kitchen; an old salsa jar or Tupperware will work. Pour apple cider vinegar into the container and wrap the top with plastic film. Secure the film with a rubber band and poke numerous holes in the film with a toothpick or a pen. Place the container near your kitchen sink. The fruit flies will crawl into the container only to be stuck inside. While it’s not the most attractive thing to have in your kitchen, this method is simple and effective.
Try using a drain gel:
Don’t want a jar of vinegar sitting next to your kitchen sink? Kill fruit flies at the source with a specialty drain gel. Fruit Fly Killer is a unique treatment from Factory Direct Chemicals. Target fruit fly infestations directly by pouring the treatment down your drain or garbage disposal. The gel will cling to the walls of your pipes to suppress nests and eggs.
Fruit Fly Killer is made using citronella, a repellent obtained from the leaves and stems of lemongrass. It’s safe on pipes and takes care of fruit flies with one easy pour.