One of the living things found at almost every house, is the fruit fly. These insects aren’t dangerous or potentially harmful, nor disgusting to look at or swat away, but you definitely don’t want them to make your house appear dirty and left uncleaned for weeks.
Good news is that fruit flies don’t necessarily appear at unclean spaces. They might even show up in the cleanest of rooms. “Flies can enter your house when you take groceries home,” explains Melissa Riker. “These insects lay eggs on almost anything edible, and this makes them really difficult to control. Even small bits of crumbs can attract them. Flies can also get in the drains and lay eggs.”
Don’t get discouraged by disgust. Fortunately, there are a couple of tricks you can do to prevent flies from entering your house in the first place, and keep them away for the rest of the time. Read the tips below and learn to keep your house fly-free.
Rinse Your Fruit
First thing you need to do after bringing home store-bought fruit, is to wash and rinse them thoroughly. “Rinsing with water alone will work, you can also use vegetable and fruit-specific washing solutions or a mixture of water and vinegar to ensure the fruits are washed to perfection,” says Riker.
Riker’s recipe for vinegar wash, is to mix two parts water to one part vinegar. This solution will also kill most bacteria and potentially present insect eggs, hence prolonging storage time a little bit. Before you store vinegar-washed fruits and vegetables, rinse them with water so the odor and taste of vinegar is washed away.
Set a Jar Trap.
Let’s say fruit flies are already roaming around in your house. As an environment-friendly solution, Riker recommends people to make jar traps. “Take an empty jar, put some fly-attracting piece of food inside and cover it with a plastic wrap. Poke a few holes in the plastic so flies will get in easy, but won’t be able to get out.” Flies are attracted to sweet, fermenting, rotten and sour things, so you can try putting in some rotting fruit, stale bread, soda, apple cider vinegar or wine.
You can put a couple jar traps around the house or wherever you guess flies would come across. Places such as near sinks, cabinets or trash bin are most likely to get roamed by flies. If the problem is getting too intense, consider cleaning your house and taking out trash.
Use a Dish Trap.
Drowning flies is another way to deal with them. “Pour some old wine, beer or apple cider vinegar into a saucer and add a few drops of dish detergent,” says Riker. “Detergent helps break down surface tension of liquid, so flies would drown once they land on the attracting liquid.”
Use Commercial Insecticides.
Using synthetic and chemical insect repellants and sprays, sticky fly papers and plastic traps is a common solution to deal with flying insects in general, but Riker hasn’t tried these methods yet. “Apple cider vinegar does pretty much the same job by attracting and trapping flies,” she says. “You don’t need to get insecticides from stores to get rid of flies.”
Clean Up Crumbs and Discard The Rotten.
The very sight of fruit flies around the place isn’t a definite sign of housekeeper being careless. “It’s almost impossible to completely block out insects,” says Riker. Having said that, you must consider certain hygienic behavior and practices to keep your house as clean as possible. “It’s all about cleaning up. Sweep the crumbs away, if your fruit starts to go overripe, go ahead and throw it out, because that sweetness and smell of rot attracts flies”.