The oriental fruit fly and three other species of exotic fruit flies have become a constant threat to the United States mainland. America sees a surge in fruit flies infestation during the yearly harvest seasons, in late summer and early fall.
Fruit flies have a pretty short lifecycle with enormous reproductive potential. If you give them enough breeding space and opportunity, they can lay about 500 eggs at a time. And the transformation from an egg to adulthood doesn’t take more than a week.
As a consequence, it’s annoyingly difficult to remove fruit flies if they start infesting your house. They are so tiny in appearance that any minimal split by the window is enough for their access. Not just that, these pesky little flies can cause serious health hazards.
So, how to catch fruit flies in the house with natural remedies? Take it easy; there are more than one ways to get rid of these pesky flies from in front of your face.
Have you ever heard of an apple-cider-vinegar-fruit-flies trap? We will get to that point. But first, you should know the root of the problem – what are fruit flies attracted to?
What causes fruit flies in the house?
You are probably wondering, ‘why do I have fruit flies in my house in the first place?’
By their inherent nature, Drosophila Melanogaster or the fruit flies are attracted to anything sweet with glucose and the smell of alcohol. You will see them hanging around overripe fruits or any fermented drinks like wine and beer. These flies will go for any item containing ethanol over fresh food.
Fruit flies have an aversion to clean surfaces. Juice spills or food residue, garbage disposals are their convenient spots. According to an Animal Diversity Web article of the University of Michigan, even though adult flies survive on rotten fruits and plants when as an adult, the eggs are laid on unripened or slightly ripened fruits. So that by the time the larva grows, the fruits will start to rot and serve as their nutrition source.
What are the health risks of fruit flies?
Fruit flies don’t pose the danger of biting, but they work as carriers of toxic microorganisms.
A study called ‘Fruit Flies as Potential Vectors of Foodborne Illness’ was published in the Journal of Food Protection. The researchers found evidence to prove that the fruit flies can transfer bacteria from a contaminated source, food or waste, to surfaces or ready-to-eat food.
Even if you don’t have contaminated food, eating or drinking from an infected dish or glass will bring you the same threat.
Getting rid of fruit flies at home
Identify the source
Unless you trace the fruit flies’ source, how will you control and trap them? Try to find out what they are feasting on and clean and disinfect that area immediately.
Clean the source
You can follow some basic cleanliness tricks that will bring a significant change in the big picture.
- Rinse freshly-bought fruits with vinegar water and store them in the fridge.
- Don’t keep the damp kitchen towels lying around in your sink. Wash them every time.
- Take the trash out regularly and wipe the counter.
- Always keep your kitchen sink pipe unclogged.
- You may use bleach to clean the trash can or drain pipe.
- Don’t ever store rotten fruits on the counter.
Apart from these, there are multiple other ways to control fruit flies infestation on your own. Of course, you can hire professional help or try store-bought products, but you can also try these DIY traps. You can either create a jar or funnel trap or a swimming pool trap on a dish.
For this jar trap, pour a little bit of vinegar into an empty glass bottle. Remove the lid and secure a plastic wrap in the opening with a rubber band. Poke small holes on the plastic so that there is an entry point when the flies are attracted to the irresistible vinegar scent. But once they get in, there will be no escape route, and eventually, they will drown in the liquid.
You can use the rotten fruits from your kitchen to lure the flies into a funnel trap. Like the previous one, place a chunk of ripened banana or any other fruit in little vinegar. Now make a paper cone and stick it into the jar. This trap is very helpful to entice the flies in. But they will not find a way out through the narrow side of the cone.
Swimming pool trap
A swimming pool trap is usually placed in a saucer or a bowl with a wide surface area. You can use vinegar, wine, or even beer as bait. Then, add 3-4 drops of dish soap to your bait solution. The dish soap here helps to reduce the surface tension of the liquid so when the flies come to taste the wine, they instantly drown in the pool.
If the DIYs seem insufficient, you can always go for commercial products like sticky paper or plastic traps. Various insecticide sprays and repellents are also available in the market.
You can also consider getting a pretty sundew or venus fly trap. These carnivorous plants will trap the flies in their sticky stems and leaves. Basil has a wonderful fly repelling property, so potting a fresh basil plant in your kitchen window may go a long way.
The traps we suggested are some of the efficient ways you can do to get rid of fruit flies in your house. But, when things get out of hand and you need any additional help, call for professional help. Bug Guys Pest Control, a top-rated exterminator offers an array of residential pest control services. Contact now and request a free estimate.