By Natasha Lesley Anderson Submitted On August 14, 2012
Before you try any sort of fruit fly trap or other recommended removal methods, I highly recommend that you treat the source of the problem otherwise you will just send up fighting a losing battle. By being proactive in your approach, this will ensure that another infestation will not raise its ugly head after you successfully get rid of the first one. Let’s have a look at a failsafe, 3 step process that you can follow from the comfort of your own home and that is guaranteed to work. So without further delay, let’s get started!
The First Step: Take out your rubbish regularly and always try to keep the lid on your bin. Additionally, try your best to keep the bin away from your home, especially if you have discarded old food or other rotten items. Other obvious steps would be to throw away any old food lying around your kitchen as they will be targets for fruit flies. This is extremely important as you will never actually get rid of fruit flies effectively if you leave them a source of food or nesting place so please ensure that this is not properly and thoroughly before you move on.
The Second Step: Pour bleach down your drain pipes. This will kill off the larvae and make sure that another wave of fruit flies do not come buzzing out to infest your home again. This is an important step so make sure that you do this. Any bleach will be fine, just make sure that you treat all your drain pipes, even those that are located outside of your home. I have found that normal household cleaning bleach works very well so you don’t need to go and purchase anything expensive. I also suggest that you dilute the mixture with a little bit of water, this will make it last longer and allow you to cover a larger area.
The Third Step: Build yourself a decent fruit fly trap. There are many guides on how to do this, some of them offer fairly humane methods of removal while others focus on just getting rid of them, regardless of the process involved. Personally, I prefer the latter as I have found that trapping them only to release them away from the house can often result in them finding their way back, only to infest your living area once again. Also, considering the rate in which they reproduce, killing a few hundred of them really isn’t going to hurt their overall population. Basically, putting vinegar in a glass attracts the fruit flies and then the plastic covering prevents them from escaping. I have personally used this and found it to be very effective. Alternatively, you can always purchase a couple but it’s a bit of a waste of money, considering that each fruit fly trap will take you about 5 minutes to build. These little traps are very effective and come highly recommended if you have a fruit fly problem in your home.
So there you have it, an easy to follow “Do It Yourself” guide on how to get rid of fruit flies. There are a few other methods that I recommend taking a look at but if you follow the steps outlined above, you would have your fruit fly problem solved in no time at all. I hope that this saves you a few hundred bucks that an exterminator would have charged you to do something that you can easily do yourself. If you found this article useful, please share it with your friends!
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