Is there such thing as the best way to get rid of fruit flies? Well, there are a number of factors that will contribute to determining just how difficult it might be to get rid of a fruit fly infestation and importantly, prevent it from ever coming back again. These factors include:
- Whether the fruit flies are causing a problem inside your home, in a small garden, or on a large fruit farm;
- Where you live and what sort of climate it is;
- The species of fruit fly (although this is not always entirely relevant);
- How long the fruit flies have been present and how numerous they have become.
All of these factors, when taken into consideration, can contribute to the plan of action you will take in your question to control and kill fruit flies for good. For example, did you know that it is possible for fruit flies to lay up to 500 eggs at one time? This means that even if you only have a few fruit flies in your home, they can rapidly multiply into the hundreds in no time at all (their life cycle is only about eight days!). What this all means is that as soon as you notice a fruit fly problem, whether indoors or outdoors, you can need to take immediate action before their numbers get right out of control.
Use the Best Steps to Get Rid of Fruit Flies
Step one is to always remove the source that is providing the attraction for the fruit flies, as well as their breeding location (or locations). This could be as simple as one piece of overlooked and over ripened fruit in the fruit bowl or it could be something larger like an unhealthy mango or other type of fruit tree in the backyard. Poor fruit tree health, such as problems associated with fungus or diseases, can lead to fruit opening up whilst still on tree, paving the way for fruit flies to descend on to them, and to begin breeding and multiplying quickly. This can then lead to the fruit flies making their way into your home.
Once inside the home, fruit flies need to be removed immediately. This means disposing of any fruit that is attracting them. This fruit needs to be placed into a plastic bag and enclosed, and put into an outdoor garbage can, rather than left inside to rot further. Additionally, any garbage containers that are used inside should be regularly cleaned, to ensure that fruit flies are not inadvertently attracted to the scent.
Another spot that fruit flies can lay eggs, which mean people do not even consider, is in drains. The kitchen sink drain is a prime location for fruit fly egg laying, as it is often a spot where bits of food debris end up, and we often do not think to thoroughly clean this particular area of the kitchen. Cleaning out the drain regularly and using a drain cleaner product, or something like vinegar, to make sure all residue is removed, will a long way to removing that as a potential attractive source for fruit flies.
What about fruit fly traps, you may be asking. It is now possible to purchase different types of fruit fly traps from home improvement and other such stores. Many of these traps are disposable, so require you to throw them out after use. These may last for around a month, depending upon the brand and design. However this sort of trap might not be the best option for everyone, particularly if you don’t want to be continually purchasing new disposable traps if they fail to completely kill off all the fruit flies each time.
Preventative measures must be taken to ensure that fruit flies never return to your home. This means always keeping an eye on unrefrigerated fruit to make sure it does not become over ripe or damaged, or simply store all fruit and vegetables in the fridge. Remember, thoroughly washing all produce that you bring into the house, before you store it, will also provide important extra prevention from fruit fly infestation.