HOW TO EXTERMINATE FRUIT FLIES
thing that must be done is to get rid of the source. It could be any type of fruits or even fruit juices you may be storing.
I once found a bag of old rotting potatoes in the basement that was causing the fruit fly problem. Even garbage cans or dumpsters
placed to closely to your house can be the source of the problem. It's even possible that rotting fruits and vegetables in
your garden may be the source. After you have found and thrown out the cause of these pesky flies, putting fruit fly traps
around the areas where you are seeing them should exterminate the remainder of them. You should be able to buy these traps
in your local hardware store. If they are not available a homemade trap should work. Spraying should only be done as a last
resort but If you decide to spray with an aerosol be sure and cover food and dishes. Follow the directions on the spray you
are using carefully and wipe kitchen counters clean when you are done.
|FRUIT FLY TRAP
Homemade Fruit Fly Trap -- Put fruit or fruit juice (rotting fruit works best) in a jar with small holes
in the lid, slightly larger than the fruit flies. They can get in but not out.
Or cut three or four inches off the top of a empty plastic pop bottle. Turn the top part that you cut
off upside down and place back on bottle. Put 2 or 3 fresh banana peels in the bottle (see diagram on bottom right).
Fruit fly traps can also be purchased in most farm and country or hardware stores.
What does a fruit fly look like.
What color is it? If its light brown it is probably a fruit fly or phorid fly. Does it have red eyes? If so
it's a fruit fly.
Do fruit flies bite
No, they are harmless to humans and are only a nuisance to
have around the living areas of your house.
What can cause fruit flies?
I don't even have any fruit in my home?
need fruit to have fruit flies in your home. All you need is rotting organic matter that remains wet or moist. And most
likely that's going to mean drains--sinks, showers, etc. In particular, fruit flies tend to breed in slow-moving
or seldom-used drains in which a layer of slime has built up. But other good fly breeding spots in your house might include
wet areas under dripping pipes, garbage containers, and discarded bottles and cans. I have seen cases where the homeowners
have had fruit trees close to their home and the rotten fruit that had fallen from the trees onto the ground was causing an
infestation inside their house. Be sure all window and door screens are sealed tight. And keep all rotted fruit in your yard
Vinegar flies, also known as small fruit flies, commonly develop in over ripe or decaying fruit and vegetable matter
Picture of a homemade fruit fly bottle trap. This trap will catch other insects such as
flies and wasps depending on the bait you use.