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How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Common fruit flies are attracted by overripe and rotting fruits, vegetables, berries, and fermented products. Eggs and larvae of drosophilas are most often located on the surface of products that you bought from a store and didn’t wash upon bringing them home. These insects need only 24 hours to turn into adults, lay new eggs, and begin to annoy you by flying around the kitchen.

5-Minute Crafts wants to tell you how to make simple traps and get rid of the fruit flies in your home.

Trap using liquid soap and apple cider vinegar

Put 3-4 tbsp of apple cider vinegar and 1 tbsp of sugar into a small container. Add 1-2 tsp of liquid soap. Mix well. It’s ready to go!

You can use wine vinegar instead of apple cider vinegar and replace liquid soap with dishwashing liquid.

Trap using plastic wrap and rotting fruit

Place a piece of banana in a small jar. Cover the top with plastic wrap and make a bunch of small holes in it with the help of a toothpick. It’s ready!

You can use other fruits and berries instead of bananas or pour apple cider vinegar, cider, or beer into the jar with several drops of liquid soap.

Trap using sour juice

Pour juice that has turned sour and a couple of drops of liquid soap into a small jar. Place a tissue on top of it by rolling it into the shape of a cone so that the flies can reach the juice through it. It’s ready!

You can also use an old plastic bottle as another option. Cut it in half, pour the liquid into the bottom part, place the top part inside with the neck (without a lid) facing down.

Spray using of essential oils and water

Pour 2 glasses of water into a spray bottle and add several drops of essential rosemary or mint oil. Close it and shake it well to mix everything properly. It’s ready to go!

This spray can be used to treat areas where flies appear most often, or to spray on individual insects.

How to prevent the appearance of flies

  • Wash the produce you bring home from a store immediately to get rid of the fruit fly eggs and larvae.

  • Keep ripe fruits and vegetables in the fridge.

  • Thoroughly wipe surfaces where fruit juice or alcohol was spilled.

  • Throw away spoiled products on time and take out garbage with food waste from your home every 2-3 days.

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