No, the little dots that are flying randomly in your kitchen are not illusions, but fruit flies. They do not bite, but they can carry bacteria from one source to another and they regenerate rapidly. A female can lay 50 eggs a day, each of which will mature into a larva within a week. How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies
What are fruit flies and where do fruit flies come from?
Fruit flies look like reddish-brown flies. You’ll probably see them fluttering in your kitchen, possibly near a fruit bowl. Although fruit flies can come in through your open windows, they are usually brought from a grocery store on fruits and vegetables. They lay their eggs on rotting produce and sugar levels, and they enter the fruit at the grocery store through any nicks or cuts on the fruit surface.
To get rid of an infestation, first, toss everything that attracts them.
The first step in getting rid of fruit flies is to eliminate everything on which they can lay their eggs. Throw away any cooked fruit or vegetables sitting outside in your kitchen (after hatching, the fruit fly larvae will enter the food and start feeding). Store new products in the refrigerator until you have eliminated the infection. Take out the trash and clean all containers and surfaces – including the bottom of your trash can – to spread and feed leftovers that can feed these pests. Don’t forget the drain: This is a humid environment that can contain fermenting waste. Finally, because fruit flies thrive in warmer climates (they are usually affected during the warmer months of the year), turn off your air conditioning to create unfavorable living conditions.
Next, trap those fruit flies.
There are several effective ways to catch fruit flies, depending on your preferences and the equipment in your hand.
Jar and Funnel Trap (pictured above)
- Put some bait in a glass jar – overcooked produce, ketchup, or a fermented liquid like apple cider vinegar, beer or wine will all work.
- Then place a chimney over the opening of the jar, with the faucet pointing downwards to create a small entrance that is easy for flies to enter but almost impossible for them to exit. (You can also use paper cones instead of funnels.)
- As soon as the jar is full, you can wait for the bees to run out before you empty it, or you can put the jar in the freezer to speed up the process.
Bottle and Plastic Wrap Trap
- This method is ideal if you have an almost empty bottle of vinegar, beer, or wine. Securely cover the opening with plastic wrap and make one or two holes in the plastic.
- Like the funnel method, fruit flies will be able to make their way through the holes but will not be able to get out. Wait until they move – floating on the surface of the liquid – before throwing away the empty bottle (no need to remove the plastic wrap).
Bowl and Soap Trap
- For extra hard cases, this is the way to go. Fill a microwave safe bowl with a few drops of apple cider vinegar and dish soap.
- Microwave the bowl to make the mixture even more fragrant.
- Leave the bowl uncovered as a fruit fly nest. Soap will reduce surface tension, drowning any fruit fly that lands on the surface.
Prevent a future fruit fly infestation by taking these steps.
Make sure you check the product you are buying to prevent fruit flies where there are no cracks or nicks where fruit flies can hide. As soon as you bring it home, wash and dry the non-refrigerated product so that the eggs on the surface can be removed. Fruit flies lay their eggs on anything sweet or fermented, so make sure you clean the peels regularly, take out the garbage, and clean your sink drain.