How to Deal with Fruit Flies

Thanks to the overripe bowl of peaches on my counter, I recently had an infestation of fruit flies. In the past I have had one or two that I could catch in my hand and that was that, but this time there were quite a few – for a few days. They were not to be ignored. I finally dealt with them – here is the scoop on getting rid of fruit flies:

1) Find where the flies are breeding. One rotting piece of fruit or spill in a recycling bin can breed thousands of fruit flies.They will also breed in drains, the garbage disposal, recycling bins, the trash, the compost bucket, and even mops, sponges, and any other spots where water is caught or leaking. Get rid of their breeding ground.

2) Set a trap. Roll a sheet of paper into a cone and put it in a jar with a 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar (if you warm it up they will come running) at the bottom to attract the flies. Once they’re in, they won’t be able to get out. Don’t bother spraying insecticide around, since eliminating the source and trapping is probably more effective and safer. There are other Internet solutions out there like vacuuming, using a hair dryer, or setting a trap with rotten fruit but the vinegar trap is clean, quick and easy.

3) Keep it clean to prevent future infestations. Cut any damaged spots out of fruit and vegetables you bring into your kitchen and toss them outside, as they might be harboring eggs. Keep ripe produce in the refrigerator. Try to keep the kitchen particularly clean during late summer and early fall when it’s prime fruit season.

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