Fruit flies have a lifespan of 40-50 days and one fly can lay up to 500 eggs. When the bugs find their way into your house they can multiply to millions in a very short period of time making it impossible to control them. To prevent the population from increasing, you have to get rid of them as soon as possible. Here are tips on how to do it:
There are many traps that you can use to get rid of the flying insects out of your house. You only need to find the things that the insects love and use it against them. The most common traps that you can use are:
Vinegar and soap: mix soap and vinegar in a mason jar and cover it with a plastic wrap. To give way for the insects to get into the jar poke holes in the wrap. The insects will be attracted by the scent of vinegar and get into the jar. Most of them won’t be able to find their way out thus will die inside the jar.
Vinegar loses its effectiveness after sometime; therefore, you have to keep on replacing it after a day or two.
Wine: just like vinegar, fruit flies love the smell of wine. To trap the flies you should leave a few drops of wine at the bottom of the bottle and leave it on your counter. The skinny neck of the bottle will make it difficult for the flies to find their way out thus die inside the bottle.
Overripe fruit: what a better way to trap the insects using their food? Put a piece of overripe fruit in a jar and cover with a plastic wrap that is already poked. To eliminate as many flies as possible, place the jars in the problematic areas of the house.
In addition to killing the flying insects you also need to get rid of the eggs. To kill the eggs you only need to find where the insects are breeding. When looking for breeding areas remember that the insects breed in areas that provide them with food and moisture.
These areas include: garbage cans, dank sinks and rotting fruits. To kill the eggs you need to destroy these areas. If they are breeding in garbage cans you should clean them. Also dispose the rotting fruits in your house.
If the flies are in the kitchen, thoroughly clean it and dispose the materials that you use in cleaning. These include: old rags, damp mops and old sponges.
These are tips on how to get rid of fruit flies from your home. After eliminating them, work hard at ensuring that they don’t come back. The most effective way of going about it is being cautious of the fruits that you bring into the house.