How to manage fruit flies?

Warm weather in the summer also means the return of pesky insects like fruit flies. These tiny flies reproduce rapidly, so before you know it, you have a full-blown invasion in your kitchen. How can you get rid of fruit flies?

Tip from Keith:

Avoid using cleaning products with fruit scents (such as lemon or apple). Fruit flies are even attracted to those.

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 Tip 1: Eat fruit quickly or store it in the refrigerator

Fruit flies love overripe and bruised fruit. Store fruit in the refrigerator as much as possible. Tropical fruit doesn't do well in the cold, so consume them before they become overripe or cover the fruit bowl with a fly cover. Dispose of organic waste immediately for the same reason.

Tip 2: Don't leave dirty dishes, empty bottles, or cans for too long

Fruit flies also enjoy a sip of alcohol or sweet beverages, so make sure not to leave the dishes for too long. Rinse glasses, bottles, and cans thoroughly. Clean the countertop and dining table regularly.

Tip 3: Place fragrant herb plants

Fruit flies dislike strong herbal scents. Place a basil or sage plant near your fruit bowl or sprinkle some lavender or cloves among the fruit.

Tip 4: Open doors and windows opposite each other

Fruit flies are so small that a gentle breeze can blow them away. Occasionally ventilate the space to blow them out. It also brings fresh air into the house.

Tip 5: Make your own fruit fly trap

Put something with sugar or yeast in a plastic container and cover it with a lid or plastic wrap. Poke a small hole through which the flies can enter. Once inside the trap, the flies cannot find their way out, and you can pour the whole thing down the drain.

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