During the summer and fall, it is best to always have some of the home remedies for fruit flies on hand. Because once they decide to invade your home, they can be a real nightmare.
Of course, everyone can stand a fly or two. But fruit flies are rarely seen in such low numbers, are they?
The reason for this is simple – female flies can lay up to 500 eggs at the time! And after hatching, it takes only a few days for the larvae to evolve into fully formed adults.
That on its own is bad enough, but it actually gets worse – only 2 days after reaching the adult stage, fruit flies are capable of mating and reproducing.
That is why it is so important to do everything you can not to attract fruit flies into your home. And if you still get invaded, start using some of the home remedies for fruit flies from the list down below as soon as you spot the first one.
Prevention and 5 Best Home Remedies for Fruit Flies
Fruit flies, as their name says, love fruit, especially the over-ripe one. That is because females usually lay their eggs on the surface of ripe fruit. Fruit fly larvae feed on the fruit until they grow into the adult stage.
Other than fruit, fruit flies can also be attracted by the smell of anything sweet or rotten. That is why you can often spot them around traces of spilled juice or alcohol drinks or near garbage disposals.
To prevent a fruit fly invasion in your home, one of the most important steps you can take is keeping your kitchen perfectly clean. If you clean all the traces of spilled food right away, wash the dishes as soon as you finish eating and regularly throw away the garbage, there will be nothing for the fruit flies to feed on. And therefore, there will be nothing to attract them into your house in the first place.
But, if your kitchen is perfectly clean and you still notice these annoying, pesky bugs flying around, you can try out some of the following home remedies for fruit flies:
Apple cider vinegar
You can quickly and easily get rid of all the flies in your kitchen by making a simple trap with apple cider vinegar. You will need:
- 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon of sugar
- ½ cup of warm water
- a jar
- plastic wrap and rubber band
First mix the vinegar and sugar until the sugar starts to dissolve. Add the water and mix everything well together. Pour the mixture into a jar.
Cover the jar with plastic wrap and secure it with a rubber band, to make sure it stays in place. Then, poke the wrap with the toothpick to create several small holes.
Basically, what this does is – the smell of vinegar and sugar attracts the flies and helps them to navigate through the holes in the plastic wrap and into the jar. But, once they end up in the jar, they can’t find their way out.
Place the jar near the place where you usually see the fruit flies. But, don’t place it near an open window, or you’ll just attract more flies from the outside.
You can use a very similar method to the one described above, only replace the apple cider vinegar with any other thing that attracts fruit flies. You can use rotten banana, apple, pear, peach, grapes, tomato or any other rotten fruit or vegetable.
Also, instead of a plastic wrap, you can simply make a funnel out of a sheet of paper. Then place the narrow side into the jar, with the wide side sticking out.
You get the idea. You need any narrow opening that helps the flies to get into the jar or glass, but makes it difficult for them to get out. And something sweet inside, to lure them in.
Juice and alcohol drinks
You can use residue fruit juices and alcohol drinks, like wine or beer, similarly as the jar traps above. The narrow opening of the bottles is perfect for the flies to come in, but makes it hard for them to get out of the bottle.
You will need only a little bit of the drink left on the bottom of the bottle. Add to it around a teaspoon of sugar, to make it even more irresistible for the flies. Then just leave the trap near the place where the fruit flies usually gather.
Essential oil spray
This spray is better at preventing the fruit flies from invading your house, but it can also help get rid of them if they are already there. Plus, unlike the other home remedies for fruit flies, this one will make your house smell clean and fresh.
To make the essential oil spray, you will need only a few drops of an essential oil for one cup of water. The best essential oils for repelling fruit flies are basil, rosemary, lavender, lemongrass and peppermint.
Pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray it all around your house, especially paying attention to the areas where you usually see the flies.
However, if you have any pets around the house, you should be careful about which oils you are using – some essential oils can be toxic to small animals.
You don’t have to use the essential oil – even fresh basil has strong enough scent so that you can use it as a fly repellent. And for some reason, fruit flies hate strong scents.
So, plant some basil and grow it in your kitchen. Place the pot near the area that is most attractive for fruit flies, like near the sink or where you usually keep the bowl with fruit.
Just keep in mind that basil is not some miracle fly repellent. Leave some juice spilled in your kitchen, and the flies will still come.
However, basil is a safe, non-toxic way to keep most flies and other insects away, especially if inside there’s nothing very attractive for them. Plus, you’ll always have fresh herbs on hand.