I read once that fruit flies won’t actually hurt you and that they are pretty darn awesome in term of research due to their 50-day lifespan and ease to work with. Since I am not a scientist, though, I have zero desire to have these little pests flying around my kitchen. Every single year we get a small infestation of fruit flies right around the close of summer thanks to harvest time and the overwhelming amount of food from the garden needing to be canned, frozen, dried, or just put someplace that is not out in the open.
Every single year we get a small infestation of fruit flies right around the close of summer thanks to harvest time and the overwhelming amount of food from the garden needing to be canned, frozen, dried, or just put someplace that is not out in the open. This year we did things a little different to curb the fruit flies from thinking our kitchen could be some kind of Shangri-La.
Before it is even a problem
Make sure you clean your sink traps with a small amount of bleach to keep them disinfected. Not only can the smell of a sink trap attract fruit flies, but the constant access to water makes it even more appealing. By routinely disinfecting your sinks you can prevent the flies from laying and hatching eggs.
Never leave food out on your counters, especially dirty dishes or open containers. Fruit flies are attracted to sugar more than anything else and so make doubly sure that you don’t have cookies, fruit, vinegar, or any other sugar laying about.
Wash all fruits and vegetables that you bring in from the garden to prevent eggs from hatching.
Once you have a problem, though
Sometimes you can do all of the right things and still end up with a few fruit flies being introduced into your kitchen.
Red wine, apple cider vinegar, and a mashed up banana are all great choices to attract fruit flies. Grab a quart-sized Mason jar, fill the bottom half-inch with red wine or apple cider vinegar or a mashed up banana. Mix with a few drops of liquid dish soap.
Next take a sheet of paper and roll into a fat cone, place the tip into the Mason jar and leave on the counter. This will allow fruit flies to enter the trap but they won’t be able to get back out.
Replace the mixture once every few days until the flies are all dead. Be sure to be disinfecting your sinks and counter tops, as well as avoiding leaving out food including dirty dishes while you are actively trying to kill the flies. This method usually takes about a week, but works like a charm.