For those of us who have fresh produce in the kitchen all summer long, fruit flies are the bane of our days! They drive us batty, buzzing around our precious food, laying eggs in our drainpipes. They hover over dishes or food left on the counters.
Hopeless as the situation can seem, it is possible to win the battle against these annoying creatures! Here are 5 steps that will help you do so!
Set Fruit Fly Traps
Homemade fruit fly traps are simple and effective. It doesn’t take much! Here are 3 methods that will work. In our home, we prefer to use the last option.
#1: Bananas & Bread Bags
Tracy of ‘Simple Living Country Gal’ has dealt with fruit flies! She stands by her method using a bread bag and banana. I think she’s onto something, particularly for folks who don’t want to kill the flies!
#2: Jars & Funnels
Myra of ‘My Blessed Life’ uses fruit vinegar, a jar and paper funnel to rid her home of fruit flies. Read her post “Get Rid of Fruit Flies” for a DIY tutorial!
#3: Vinegar & Dish Soap
A favorite of mine is outlined by Emily of ‘Embracing Homemaking.’ It involves a bowl, fruit-based vinegar and a hint of dish soap! Its a no-hassle way to go about obliterating the flies! Go here for her directions.
After you’ve chosen and set out your trap/s, here is the next step you should take:
Maintain Drainage Pipes in Your Home
Have you ever noticed fruit flies hovering around your drain pipes, whether in the kitchen, utility or bathroom? Moist pipes are often where eggs are laid, eggs that will hatch and re-infest your home in 2 week’s time!
If trying to obliterate the pests from your home, you should do a weekly cleanse of all drainage pipes.
Cover or Refrigerate Food
Fruit flies also lay their eggs on all types of foodstuff. Refrigerate your garden greens and vegetables, the fruit or berries you’ve harvested. If fruits need to ripen, store them outside until ready to use/process.
If you have food (such as bread, butter or jam) sitting on your counter tops or in the cupboard, be sure they are securely covered or sealed to keep fruit flies out.
Keep a Clean Kitchen
When trying to obliterate fruit flies, be sure to keep your kitchen clean! Wash dishes, wipe counters, sweep floors and be sure to remove any bits of food from the sink filter after draining dish water.
Be Aware of What Goes Into Your Garbage Can
Fruit flies are teeny tiny and unless you have a very tight fitting lid on the garbage can, your food scraps, eggs shells and any other tossed “food substance” will only nurture their life cycle. When trying to obliterate flies from the home, be sure to put these items in the compost, not the garbage can!
Have a Strategic Compost Bucket
The late summer season brings stems, pits, cores, peelings (everything a fruit fly loves) indoors! If you must have a compost bucket under the kitchen sink, ensure it has a proper-fitting lid that will stay in place!
If keeping a compost bucket outside, place it least 6 ft away from the door. If it’s too close, you’ll let in clouds of fruit flies every time you go to dump kitchen scraps (or so has my experience been).
So there you have it! Is there a method you particularly love and use? Feel free to share in the comments below!