05 August 2015

Posted by Discount Insurance on Wednesday, August 05, 2015
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Fruit flies are small flies that often appear in your kitchen out of nowhere and are usually hovering near unrefrigerated produce. Also known as vinegar flies, these are very difficult to get rid of as a result of their ability to lay 500 eggs at a time!

Here are a few simple tips on how to get rid of fruit flies:

Put food away

Try not to leave ripened fruit or vegetables such as onions, potatoes and tomatoes out on the worktops or tables. If you need to, then ensure that these foods are not exposed and as much as possible; try to refrigerate all fruits and veggies. Uncovered food is a huge attraction for fruit flies!

Clean up

Be sure to properly clean out the contents of empty bottles and cans before throwing them in the bin. In addition, cleaning recycling bins often is important to eliminate and prevent fruit flies. Take extra care to make sure that there are not small bits of food of spilled juices in the bin itself.  

Find the eggs!

Fruit flies multiply rapidly as a result of their short life cycle from egg to adult, which only takes 8-10 days! They like to lay their eggs in places that provide moisture and food, such as sink drains, bins and even damp mops and sponges. Keep an eye on these areas and clean them regularly, not only to eliminate fruit flies but prevent them from returning in the future!

Try rue

Rue is a bitter herb with a pungent aroma. Although rue is harmless to humans, the strong scent is somewhat of a deterrent for fruit flies. If you keep your fruit in a bowl on the kitchen table and often have to fight these pesky flies away from it, try putting in a few sprigs of rue in the bowl. You could even keep small pots of the herb around your kitchen. Make the fruit flies rue the day they entered your home!

Home-made traps!

There are numerous variations of homemade traps that you can find on the internet but here is a popular one:

Form a cone shaped funnel with a piece of paper, sealing it with tape and sticking it in to a clean jar or wine bottle. Use a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar or a slice of ripe banana as bait. Place one or more of these traps on counters where the flies are most often hovering. The flies can easily go inside but can’t fly out so once you’ve trapped all the visible flies, release them outside or kill them with spray.

Use sprays and gels

If all else fails, there is always the option of using spray to remove fruit flies. A pyrethrum based insecticide can be used to kill adult flies but this will only work if you hit them – meaning that eggs lurking in the drain will go unharmed. If boiling water and soap do not clear out your drain then try a drain gel!

Fruit flies are the worst in the summer as a result of fruit ripening more quickly in the warm weather. Use these simple tips to save yourself from the hassle of reoccurring fruit flies!

Fruit flies are not the worst thing that can happen to your home, so make sure you protect your property and your family with great value home insurance. Get a quote from Discount Insurance on 0800 294 45221 today!

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