How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies in the House with Natural Remedies
There aren’t many things as annoying as having a swarm of fruit flies buzzing around your face while you are at home. Fortunately, fruit fly infestations can be easily avoided and controlled by using the following home remedies.
1. Clear Away the Food Trash Regularly
Given their short lifespan, fruit flies will disappear on their own if you eliminate the source of where they came from. Typically, fruit flies will appear from the kitchen bin, especially if there’s been a pile of leftover food or fruit/vegetable scraps that have started to decay. Some flies appear from other sources like poor-quality soil or bathroom drains, although it’s likely that you are dealing with other types of flies in such cases.
If you throw away the trash on a regular basis, especially during the hot summer months, then you already won most of the battle against the fruit flies. In addition to the bin, you should also make sure there’s no leftover food in the open. Make sure used dishes and bowls are washed as soon as you are done with your meal.
2. Trap the Flies with Apple Cider Vinegar
Apple cider vinegar is a simple yet very effective home remedy for trapping fruit flies because the flies are attracted to the scent of fermenting matters. It’s very simple to create the fruit fly vinegar trap. Mix apple cider vinegar and a few drops of dish soap together in an old bowl or cup. Make several of these traps and place them around the area where the fruit flies are swarming around. You should see plenty of dead fruit flies in the vinegar solution the next morning.
3. Clean the Kitchen Drains
Fruit flies may be coming from your kitchen drain if there are scraps of food waste stuck in the kitchen pipes. There are a number of ways to clean the waste disposal, such as pouring a baking soda + vinegar solution into the drain, or by using a multi-purpose enzyme cleaner. In addition to using these cleaners, we would also suggest pouring boiling water down the drain at least once a day.
4. Trap the Flies with Sticky Traps
You can purchase inexpensive yellow sticky traps and hang them around the kitchen. These traps come with an adhesive surface that will capture any fruit flies that comes into contact with it. Sticky traps are also useful for fruit flies that hang around indoor plants like aloe vera and succulents. This is usually a result of damp soil.
Fruit flies may have a short lifespan but they can multiply in numbers very quickly. An adult fruit fly can lay several hundred eggs in one go. This is why it’s so important to deal with the fruit flies as soon as possible and nip the infestation in the bud before it becomes too big to handle.