If you have ever had a problem with dreaded fruit flies, you know that they can be very bothersome and difficult to get rid of. Fruit flies, more commonly known as gnats, have a long lifecycle compared to the traditional housefly. On average, fruit flies live for about 10 days. That’s 9 days longer than a regular housefly. You may think that 10 days isn’t too terribly long. However, 10 days of pesky fruit flies swarming your food, drink, and face can become bothersome – to say the least.
It can be hard to get rid of flying insects and other bugs without bombing or using a fogger. This method will work, but it forces you to evacuate your home for at least four hours. The fogging or bombing method also uses toxic chemicals, which will dissipate into the air and land on your furniture, countertops, and flooring. This makes for a long process and lots of cleaning afterward. You’ll have to deep-clean your countertops and furniture and probably will need to shampoo your carpets. Instead of using toxic chemicals try one of these 3 ways to get rid of fruit flies:
1. Make a Fruit Fly Funnel
This method is quick, easy and inexpensive. You probably already have everything you need, to make a fruit fly funnel, just lying around. These easy to make and easy to use vinegar funnels will attract those pesky fruit flies and trap them inside.
What You’ll Need
- 1/2 Cup of Vinegar
- A Glass or Cup
- 1 Plastic Baggie
- 1 Rubberband
How to Make a Funnel
- Pour 1/2 cup of vinegar into your glass or cup. Make sure that you are using a fruit-based vinegar like apple cider or balsamic to attract the fruit flies. They won’t be attracted to harsh vinegar like red wine or white vinegar.
- Cut one corner of your plastic baggy. This will be the end of your funnel. Don’t cut too far up the plastic baggy. You can always cut more if you need to.
- Place the snipped corner of the baggy into the glass. Spread out the top of the plastic baggy and place your rubber band around the top opening of the glass in order to secure the baggy and keep it in place. If you don’t have a baggy, you can make a funnel out of paper and tape it in place. Just be sure, with either method, to keep the end of the funnel above the top of your vinegar. Do not submerge the funnel into the vinegar.
- Leave your prepared funnel in the most problematic area. This is typically near a trash can, sink or another area highly populated by fruit flies. Change the vinegar out every 2 or 3 days until the fruit flies are gone.
2. Purchase Fruit Fly Traps
This method uses store-bought traps, made specifically for fruit flies and other flying insects or bugs. These traps come in a wide variety, and prices can vary. You can usually find these traps at your local hardware store or check the pest control aisle at your local grocery or department store. Some fruit fly traps are small sticky squares or rectangles that you sit out on your counter or on top of your trash can lid.
The gnats will land on the trap and become stuck. Once your gnats are under control, toss the trap, and you’re good to go! You can also purchase a fly ribbon. These ribbons can be hung anywhere and work really well. The other traps only catch gnats that land on them. The ribbons will capture and hold any fruit flies or other flying insects that come into contact with it. You will probably have more luck with the fly ribbon as a fruit fly trap since gnats are always buzzing around and rarely land. Hang the ribbon over your sink, trash can or other problem areas, for best results.
3. Simple Dish Soap Trap
This simple and easy method only takes about a minute to make and is very effective. All you need is a bowl, water, and dish soap. Put a few drops of dish soap into your bowl. Fill the bowl with water. Make sure you use hot water. If you have a sprayer nozzle on your sink, use it. The more bubbles, the better. You can make multiple dish soap traps and set them around your home, to get rid of fruit flies. The fruit flies will land in the water and not be able to get out. The soap reduces the surface tension of the water, making it hard for the gnats to escape. Change out the water and soap as often as you like. If you notice that your soap trap isn’t attracting any gnats, move it to a different area. This is one of the most effective and inexpensive ways to get your fruit fly infestation under control.