Experts at GardenBuildingsDirect.co.uk have shared their top tips to get rid of – or prevent – fruit flies from being a nuisance inside the home. The tips involve natural methods using products usually found in household cupboards.
According to the experts, although fruit flies are not harmful to humans, they can lay up to 500 eggs at a time, making homes across the country potential breeding grounds for even more of these tiny flies.
Those concerned about flies breeding in their homes should follow steps that include trapping them with apple cider vinegar and storing all produce in airtight containers.
A spokesperson from Garden Buildings Direct said: “Many people across the country have noticed a huge increase in the amount of fruit flies pestering them in their homes.
“They often make their way in after being attracted to the scent of fermenting fruit or veg, and then lay eggs in moist areas like kitchen and bathroom drains.
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The scent of the vinegar will draw the flies in, while the washing up liquid will ensure they remain trapped, according to the experts. Place the bowl in a central area to ensure as many flies as possible are trapped.
Another super easy ingredient that can easily get rid of fruit flies is sugar.
The experts at Garden Buildings Direct said: “For those who don’t have vinegar to hand, a super easy but effective bait for flies is anything sweet, like honey, syrup or sugar.
“Fill a small glass jar with water and add one teaspoon of sugar and place it in your kitchen – once flies have been captured in the jar, pour away and repeat the process.”
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It is also worth storing your food correctly to prevent further fruit fly infestation.
One of the best ways to do this is to “seal all loose food products in air tight containers, and store them in the fridge”, according to the experts.
“This is especially true of fruit and vegetables,” they added. “If any produce becomes overripe, dispose of it immediately.”
When it comes to food waste, it is worth keeping on top of it and making sure all food is disposed of appropriately as it can attract flies.
Flies are drawn to drains, cleaning cloths, bins, empty bottles, food waste and any warm, moist spaces.
It is also important that cleaning materials are not left out in the open, and that fruit and veg are not left on the side or in easy accessibe fruit bowls.
The experts added that “once you have followed the steps to get rid of the creepy crawlies, increase your chances of keeping them away by ensuring your kitchen surfaces are as clean as possible”.
“Wipe them down at the end of each day to make sure the flies won’t be attracted to any food remnants and prevent female flies from laying more eggs,” they recommended.