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How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies With Household Items

I don't know about you, but this time of year the fruit flies are out in full force at our house. To me they are one of the most annoying bugs, and they seem to multiply like bunnies! Apparently female fruit flies can lay up to 500 eggs at a time and their life spans are 40-50 days, during which time they can lay several 500-egg batches. No wonder they are so hard to get rid of!
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But there is hope to control them!!
Try to prevent them from coming in the first place and/or eff up their homes once they arrive using these simple tips for getting rid of fruit flies:
1. Keep your sink clean. Fruit flies like to procreate in drains, so make sure to keep all food out of your sink and drains.
2. Rinse out your recyclables before throwing them away and take our your trash often. It also helps to have a trashcan with a lid and keep it closed at all times.
3. Periodically pour boiling water down the drain. You can easily kill budding fruit flies by clearing out the drains with boiling water.
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4. Set homemade traps. We have tried all different kinds of traps, but we have found the wine and saran wrap option to be the most successful. Just pour a little bit of wine into a glass, cover tightly with saran wrap, then use a toothpick to poke a few holes in it. Apparently the flies can get in through the holes, but then can't figure out how to get out. I put one near our sink and one near our trashcan and they really work!!

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3 of 5 questions
  • Julia
    on Apr 9, 2017

    Do you put the plastic wrap over the container when using acv & soap as well?

    • Etd5261364
      on Apr 14, 2017

      Yes. I use acv and cover and poke. Fruit flies go in but they don't come out!

  • Joanne
    on Apr 9, 2017

    Could you use any fruit juice instead of wine?

    • Pam
      on Oct 29, 2017

      Nothing gets rid of the last few except 1 thing. They will not die in any liquid unless I'm drinking it even water and coffee.

  • Carol
    on May 15, 2017

    Now...... I wonder how we can get rid of those flour bugs that fly around and lay eggs in our rice, quinua, flour, and dried beans!

    • Mcn17474363
      on Sep 22, 2018

      apparently bay lleaves hung in pantry etc does really work. bugs hate the bay leaves. mmmmnn maybe should try on my pesky fruit flies too

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  • Joanie
    on Oct 10, 2017

    You got bananas you GOT fruit flies..............

  • Jun32468146
    on Feb 2, 2018

    Try adding honey over the banana, works much better, as they get suck in the honey.

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