These last couple of days have been annoying as heck at home because of freaking fruit flies. We got the first few with some fruit I bought last week, but they didn’t really take over in full force until Tuesday night. I’m writing this Thursday afternoon.
How to Handle Fruit Flies
Apparently, you bring the eggs into your home from fruits and vegetables from the store. So first step to prevention is to immediately wash all of the fruits you bring into the house to get rid of the eggs. But if you didn’t do that (like me), you now have a whole set of different problems. Our infestation came from some old vases of water and a pot of boiled water we left out that we had used to boil corn. Ewww.
First you have to get all food off the counters and into the fridge or freezer since they need food and water to live and breed in. Plus, they die in the cold. Then you need to really clean the house so there won’t be any crumbs or standing water for them. Dump old vases, don’t leave drinks out overnight, and take out the trash every single day. This also means even taking house plants outside since they can live off of the fermenting leaves.
Then set out fruit fly traps and keep all of your food locked up until they are all dead. The traps that are working the best for us right now are bowls of syrup and a little dishwashing liquid combined with warm water that are covered with plastic wrap that I poked holes into with a fork. The Raid fly strips are also working really well. I do feel a little cruel with the fly strips since it seems meaner than drowning them in syrup, but at this point, I just need these things out of my house.
It’s only day three of the real battle, but I feel confident. I’ll let you know next week if I am still fighting the little buggers.
Have you ever been taken over by fruit flies? How did you get rid of them?