Fruit flies are pesky little creatures that are annoying and unappetizing. The yucky part is, as soon as they find a food source, they begin laying hundreds of eggs while eating the fermented fruit or whatever else has attracted them.
When it comes to getting rid of fruit flies, the first thing you should do is practice prevention, as in taking away their food sources. That means storing fresh fruit in sealed places.
Along with ensuring fruit is covered up, keeping your kitchen sparkling clean is important. You’ll want to change your dish towels and sponges regularly, while dirty dishes should be kept out of the sink and cleaned or put in the dishwasher immediately. Wiping down your counters with an all-purpose spray and a microfiber cloth will keep fruit flies from finding food sources as well.
If you’ve made the mistake of leaving that overripe banana on the counter, you may be dealing with a frenzy of flies in your home. But don’t worry—you have options!
If pesky fruit flies are invading your kitchen, reach for the apple cider vinegar. Fruit flies can’t resist the scent of vinegar. You’ll also need a small bowl, plastic wrap and a rubber band. Here’s how to create a vinegar fruit fly trap.
You could also try mixing a few drops of dish soap in an open bowl of vinegar. Because the soap cuts the surface tension of the vinegar, the fruit flies will zoom in and drown.
There are other ways to lure fruit flies in with scent. If you have a tiny bit of red wine leftover, you could leave an open bottle on the kitchen counter for the flies to get trapped in. And if you have milk, sugar and pepper on hand, combine a pint of milk with four ounces of raw sugar and two ounces of ground pepper in a saucepan. Let the mixture simmer for 10 minutes, then pour into a shallow dish. The flies will be attracted to the food and quickly drown in it.
As for deterring them, there are many fragrances they dislike. The smell of basil, peppermint, eucalyptus, lemongrass, lavender and clove are just a few. Here’s how to use these scents to keep fruit flies at bay.