Farewell, fruit flies!
Stocking your home with fresh produce has a ton of benefits, but the pesky fruit flies that it attracts are not among them. Since fruit flies are drawn to ripened fruits and vegetables, you might find them flying around your kitchen when you’ve left out your items for a little too long. The bad news is that simply shooing them away won’t get rid of them, and you can drive yourself mad chasing them around, trying to squash them mid-air. The good news, however, is that we’ve got the scoop on how to get rid of fruit flies for good.
Where do fruit flies come from?
Believe it or not, fruit flies are usually brought in by you. Yes, you! If one isn’t lingering on the produce you brought home, then you could have picked up a piece of fruit on which a female has already laid her eggs. Either way, they most likely hitched a ride home in your grocery bag.
Once they’ve snuck into your home, their breeding process begins (if it hasn’t started already). They breed almost as soon as they land, laying eggs underneath the surface of your precious produce. No matter where they breed, you’ll want to act fast. Female fruit flies can lay up to 500 eggs at a time, which can hatch within just 24 hours. Gross!
Pro tip: Think throwing away infested produce is enough to get rid of these pests? Think again. Fruit flies can (and will) continue breeding within garbage bags, drains and garbage disposals. Be sure to throw away rotten produce before your little friends move in for good.
What’s the fastest way to get rid of fruit flies?
Fortunately, there are plenty of ways to get rid of fruit flies. From DIY methods to store-bought options, eliminating these pests can actually be quick and easy. Once you’ve gotten rid of them, keep them away by regularly cleaning your countertops and sink drains, as well as quickly and thoroughly attending to spills. Also, wash your produce as soon as you get home to remove any eggs that may have already been laid. And lastly, either use or throw away any produce that is overly ripe or rotting. Now that you know the best practices moving forward, here’s how to naturally get rid of fruit flies in your home ASAP.