You clean your house regularly, do your dishes religiously, never forget to take out your trash and yet, an army of fruit flies has invaded your kitchen. That makes you wonder in frustration as to why that might have happened.
Remember, it’s not your fault. Even the best of us came face to face with these creatures. But why do they appear and how to get rid of them?
What attracts fruit flies?
1. Exposed fruit.
It’s a common misconception that fruit flies only get attracted to rotten or moldy fruit. In reality, those creatures can smell fresh and healthy fruit from miles away, if it’s left exposed somewhere in your home. Moreover, overripe areas are the fruit flies’ favorite spots to feast and lay eggs on.
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2. Liquids and moisture.
Have you ever noticed how you spend summer waving flies away from your drinks? Turns out, they love liquids and moisture. Spilled sweetened or fermented drinks, like soda or fruit juice, are like sweet nectar for fruit flies. Also, leaky pipes or wet sponges can attract those little creatures to your home.
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Hot temperatures by itself aren’t the biggest attraction for fruit flies. But a warm and clammy kitchen will make the fruits rot quicker, which will appeal to those annoying bugs immensely.
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A general rule is: If you think it’s disgusting, then chances are high that fruit flies will love it.
How to get rid of fruit flies
There aren’t any chemicals to kill fruit flies, so start with the easiest way: inspect your kitchen and get rid of any rotting produce. Then, dry up any moisture, spills, or leakages.
Homemade fruit flies buster
There is a cheap and easy way to get rid of these annoying bugs. For that, you’ll need a wide mouth jar, apple cider vinegar, and dish soap. Fill 1/2-3/4 of the jar with apple cider vinegar. Then, add a few drops of dish soap and fill the rest with water. The bubbles should reach the rim of the jar. Leave it alone for a few hours and watch the carnage of fruit flies.
You can also follow a similar trick in the video here:
Note: It has to be apple cider vinegar, others won’t work.
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And the last advice – store food properly! Refrigerate your fruits and vegetables and other food that you might leave exposed in your house. Plus, cooler temperatures will help to preserve the food longer, so it’s a win-win situation.
Are fruit flies dangerous?
Fruit flies can’t bite and, practically speaking, there are no medical issues connected with them. But they could potentially transmit a disease, viruses, and bacteria if walked on something contaminated on your counter. Everything they touch will become a possible place for bacteria to breed, including your toothbrush.
So if you spot fruit flies in your house, don’t hesitate and act quickly!
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