7 Incredibly Effective Ways to Control Fruit Fly Infestation

Ningthoujam Sandhyarani Apr 10, 2019
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Fruit fly infestation is not a new problem for homeowners, particularly in bathrooms, kitchens, and damp areas. You can adopt inexpensive, natural ways to get rid of them. Read on to know how to avoid an infestation.
Fruit flies are small, winged insects with bright, abnormally large, red eyes. Identified by the scientific name Drosophila melanogaster, there are several other species of this genus.
These smallest among household flies do not bite humans, but usually infest fruits in the garden, and inside the house, in peak harvest seasons (late summer and fall). In short, fruit fly infestation in a home and garden is very common, and unknowingly, we facilitate it by keeping rotten fruits.
Usually present around overripe bananas, and attracted to vinegar, these insects are also known as banana/vinegar flies. You might have already come across an infestation in the bathroom and kitchen.
Other possible areas are grocery stores, garbage bins, decaying vegetation, wineries, food processing plants, and dining halls, where there is excess moisture. The following are easy and effective ways for getting rid of fruit flies.

Sanitation and Cleaning

Keeping the house and its vicinity clean is the first step to avoid fruit flies naturally. Always keep the garbage and trash bins tightly closed with lids. Wipe food spills from the kitchen counter and cutting boards. In addition, you should not store moist manure and compost in the vicinity. At the first sight of an infestation, vacuum it immediately.

Remove Food Sources

A major factor, responsible for fruit flies swarming all over the house, is presence of food sources, which may be decaying vegetation, ripe fruits, or leftovers. Before you proceed with any technique of pest control, remember to get rid of rotten fruit, or any type of organic matter that may attract these flies.

Close Entry Points

Close the possible entry sites for these insects in late summer and fall, when fruits in your garden become ripe. Replace torn window screens (if any), and check for any cracks and crevices in the walls. If required, apply caulking agents, to fill holes, for preventing entry of fruit flies.

Proper Food Storage

Do not place overripe fruits (except for hard-skinned ones) in open spaces, or on the dining table. Keep the fruit bowl covered at all times, or store it in the refrigerator instead. The same steps should be followed for juices and other fruity beverages.

Simple Fruit Fly Trap

An easy way to get rid of fruit flies is to make a trap by placing a rotting fruit in a large jar. Place a paper cone or plastic funnel in the mouth of the jar, in such a way that the wider side faces upwards. Put this jar in a heavily infested area. As soon as the flies sense the scent, they fly towards the fruit, and will not be able to come out.

Use Soapy Solution

This is one of the home remedies. In a bowl, mix equal amounts of dish soap and water. Agitate mixture to make lather, and add a few drops of fruit juice to attract fruit flies.
Fill other bowls with the same concoction, and place them in kitchen or corners where you expect the flies to be attracted. Those that land on the soapy solution, will die within a few minutes.

Make Vinegar Trap

Wine and balsamic vinegar are useful to lure fruit flies. All you need are some skinned banana slices in a bowl. Following this, pour some vinegar or white wine. Cover it with a plastic wrap, and secure tightly with a rubber band. Finally, poke some holes (large enough for the flies to pass through), and place this trap in the kitchen or bathroom.
Unlike houseflies and other common household pests, there is no clear data stating that fruit flies spread bacteria and pathogens. Nevertheless, the dwelling places of the drosophila include unsanitary garbage bins and waste disposal sites.
It is quite likely that they contaminate fruits and foods by landing on them, after visiting drains and trash bins. So, it is imperative to follow effective measures to exterminate them as early as possible.