The summer is well and truly on its way, however, some people will just be thinking about those pesky fruit flies that the summer brings with it. Fruit flies reproduce extremely quickly taking them just a week to go from egg to fully developed. They make their way into your house either through open doors and windows or on your fruit and vegetables. However, don’t fear, we have 6 tips to help you get rid of the pests and enjoy your summer.
A Paper Cone and a Piece of Fruit
Place a piece of ripe fruit into a jar. Roll a piece of paper into a cone shape and place it in the jar with the narrow end inside the jar. This will draw in the fruit flies and stop them from getting back out again.
Vinegar and Dish Soap
Our second method involves using a bowl of vinegar. Add three drops of washing up liquid to the bowl and leave it uncovered. The soap cuts the surface tension of the vinegar so when he flies land on it, they will sink.
When you are nearing the end of a bottle of red wine, ensure to leave a small amount in the bottle. Then put it out around your house where you have fruit flies. They are attracted to the smell of this and will fly towards the smell. The narrow top of the wine bottle will trap the fruit flies.
Milk, Sugar and Pepper
As you have probably guessed by now the way to trap these pests is through attracting them to smells. This is an older farmers method. Take a pint of milk and mix it with 4 ounces of sugar and 2 ounces of ground pepper and simmer in a saucepan for 10-15 minutes. Pour some of the mixture into a shallow dish and leave it out to catch the flies.
Apple Cider Vinegar
Get a bottle of apple cider vinegar, it doesn’t have to be a full bottle, as long as there is some in there. Take off the lid and cover the top with cling film and secure it tightly with an elastic band. Poke a hole in the top, big enough for the fruit flies to get in. This will lure the fruit flies in as they are drawn to the scent.
Fruit Fly Strips
The last method is the shop bought alternative. You can buy fruit fly strips that you can hang around your home to catch the flies. Make sure to hang them in areas where you have the most flies, so around your kitchen is probably the best place. Make sure to replace the strips regularly.
The trick to getting rid of fruit flies in your home is to capture the majority of them to stop them reproducing and creating more. They breed in warm moist places so keep your sink and counters clean and dry and take out the rubbish regularly. Use these methods and tips and you should keep the fruit flies at bay over the summer!