The most effective way of removing fruit flies is to remove any fruit and trash from the area and build traps using things most people have around their homes. Fruit flies are difficult to get rid of and eliminating them takes perseverance.
Fruit flies lay up to 500 eggs at one time and breed in drains, damp places or near ripening fruit. Fruit fly eggs become adults in 8 to 10 days, making them very difficult to kill. By following a few simple steps, homeowners can rid themselves of these annoying pests.
- Remove fruits and vegetables
- Build a trap
- Empty the trap
Remove any fruits and vegetables from counter tops and pantries. Place in an airtight container or in the refrigerator.
Since fruit flies love the smell of fermenting fruit, apple cider vinegar works best in this trap. Heat up 1/4 to 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar to release its fragrance and pour it into a mason jar or similar container. Add one to two drops of dish washing liquid. Roll a piece of paper into a funnel shape and place it in the jar, making sure there is no gap along the sides of the jar. Place the funnel in the jar and set the trap in an area where fruit flies congregate.
Once the fruit flies are in the jar, either fill it with water to kill them or release them outside. Build the trap again and repeat as necessary.