How to get rid of fruit flies. Is it just me, or does it seem fruit flies appear like magic overnight? There is a reason for that. They are attracted to past ripe fruit, that begins to ferment. This fermenting process produces alcohol which is what attracts the flies. There are a few simple steps you can do to get rid of fruit flies.
The simplest way is to remove the food source. But how are you suppose to put away all the fruit you bring home? Besides, some fruit can not be stored in the fridge because it will go bad quickly.
How To Prevent Fruit Flies
First of all, I found that just by cleaning the kitchen, and just by putting away food after breakfast, lunch and dinner, this reduces dramatically the number of flies around the kitchen. We try not to leave fruit unattended for a long period of time. Apples, bananas, tomatoes, any juices, all those are either used for compost, or they are placed in the freezer for smoothies for a later day. We have a bucket that we use to dispose all food waste. The bucket has a lid, and it doesn’t let odors out, or flies in. We empty the bucket daily to feed our chickens. I have used compost buckets with charcoal in the past, and what I like about it, is that there is no smell when the food waste is inside the bucket. That definitely deters flies from appearing around the kitchen.
Another trick that seems to work, is to lure the flies with some ripe fruit into a container. The easiest way is to use a plastic container with a perforated lid. The holes should be big enough to let the fruit flies in, but not too big so they can scape easily. Another version is to use a small container with apple cider vinegar and a little bit of dish soap. Cover the top with either a perforated lid. Or just cover the container with plastic wrap and a rubber band. Poke some holes in the plastic. The fruit flies will get in, but will be unable to scape.
I am still not sure if the use of traps can make everything worse, since it seems to me, traps can be another way to attract more flies. Perhaps the best solution is to make sure there is no food waste and fruit peels laying around the kitchen for too long.
Do you have a method on how to get rid of fruit flies? Let me know. I would love to hear about it.