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Fruit Flies: 10 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Them

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Fruit Flies: 10 Natural Ways to Get Rid of Them

If you’ve observed tiny flies throughout the house, especially in the kitchen, they’re most likely fruit flies. They can be found throughout the year, but are most common in the fall and summer. Because of their fondness for fruits and vegetables, this is the case.
They attack all things that have been left on the counter, such as onions, bananas, potatoes, and other vegetables. They generally breed in overripe fruits and vegetables, but they may also breed in anything wet, such as rubbish, cleaning cloths, sewers, and so on. Female flies may lay up to 500 eggs each day, so you must act immediately. Here’s a rundown of ten things you can do to get rid of them.

Make your own fruit fly traps

Make use of vinegar

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In a small cup, pour some vinegar. Instead of white vinegar, use balsamic or apple cider vinegar. Wrap the plastic around the top securely. Puncture holes in the wrap and watch the flies fly inside. They won’t be able to get out after they’ve crawled in. After that, you may let them go outside.

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Make use of bananas

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This is the same concept as before, except instead of vinegar, you use ripe bananas or other fruits.

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Make use of soap

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In a cup, combine some water, a few drops of soap, and one or two teaspoons of vinegar. The vinegar attracts the flies, while the soap causes them to fall into the water and drown.

Use a plant that eats meat

A carnivorous sundew plant is also available. Many gardeners use them, and the fruit flies simply cling to the plant’s leaves, where they are subsequently devoured. In the event of an infestation, this is a long-term treatment.

Eliminate breeding habitats

Wipe away any moist rags

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Try putting wet rags away if you have any in the kitchen. You should also wash them every day because this is an ideal breeding ground for insects.

Place ripe fruit in the refrigerator

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Fruit ripens and then begins to ferment as part of the natural process. They are currently infested by insects. If you wish to keep the fruits out on the counter, put them in the fridge or in paper bags. In the winter, flies reproduce more quickly.

Look for spoiled products.

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Check all of your produce to determine if anything has to be thrown away. If there is decaying, you will attract fruit flies and aid their reproduction. This is why you should visit your doctor on a frequent basis.

Compost should be frozen

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If you use a compost, you should consider changing some of your behaviors. Fruit flies may cause havoc in your garden if they deposit their eggs in your harvest. It’s a good idea to freeze the food before tossing it in the compost, since this will kill any fruit flies that may be present.

Keep an infestation at bay.

Make use of essential oils.

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Basil has been shown to keep fruit flies at bay. If you don’t want to deal with infestations again, this raw plant might be useful. Place it beside the fruits on the counter or cover it with basil leaves. You may also use lavender oil and soak a sponge in it – flies are generally repulsed by strong scents.

Clean your vegetables before bringing it inside the home

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If the flies are buried in the produce and ready to hatch, you can carry them home from the grocery shop. To prevent the potential of contamination, you should wash the veggies and fruits you bring in. A bucket outdoors for cleaning fruit before going inside is a nice idea.

 

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