Have you seen small gnat-like insects buzzing around in your kitchen? There is a high chance that these insects are Fruit-flies, which is not at all good for your health. Mostly fruit-flies are seen in summer and fall when fruits and veggies are ripened, but if these insects are not properly treated, they can be seen all year round. Fruit-flies mostly hover on ripened fruit, vegetables, garbage, drains, trash bin, and wherever any fermentation happens. They are very quickly enamored with those overripe bananas, potatoes, onion, or any other unrefrigerated produce left on your kitchen counter. Although rotten fruits and vegetables are their breeding ground of choice, they’ll also breed in anything moist with some fermenting material.
In their short life-cycle, fruit-flies can lay around 500 eggs for which it seems that they grow exponentially. They can spread various diseases as they hover in dirty places as well on your vegetables and fruits. So, be aware and take proper measurements to prevent fruit-flies.
Let’s discuss the ways to combat the fruit-flies.
- Vinegar trap
In a bowl or cup, pour small amount of vinegar at the bottom. (Don’t use white vinegar, but a cider variety, such as red wine, balsamic or apple cider vinegar.) Cover up the open end tightly with plastic wrap. It may help if you use a rubber band around it to make sure the plastic wrap stays in place. Poke some small holes in the plastic wrap. The flies will be drawn towards it and they won’t be able to come out.
You can also make a similar trap just by rolling a funnel out of a piece of paper and then putting it into a jar filled with a little bit of cider vinegar. Put the trap in your kitchen where the fruits or vegetables are put. You can release them outside once you catch them or you can kill them by spraying disinfectant on them.
- Fruit trap
Create the same trap as mentioned above with the funnel and the jar, except use a bit of ripened banana or other fruit with or without the vinegar.
- Soap trap
In a bowl or cup, mix water with a couple drops of dish soap and a tablespoon of cider vinegar. The vinegar will lure the fruit flies, while the dish soap will break the surface tension on the liquid so they will fall in and drown in the water. You can also use the funnel and jar thing to keep everything inside.
- Carnivorous plant
Though people very seldom opt for having a carnivorous sundew plant to solve the fruit-flies problem. But it is very popular with gardeners, these plants trap fruit flies on their sticky leaves and then eat them. In this way, the plants provide an ongoing solution for your fruit fly dilemma.
The best advice is still to keep your surrounding along with your garden clean, use proper disinfectants, and don’t let fruits or vegetables rot in your kitchen. If you maintain a hygienic life with a hygienic kitchen, then the chances of hovering fruit flies are almost nil.