As the summer wears on, you may have started to notice some trouble with fruit flies in the kitchen. With the abundance of fresh fruits and vegetables available this time of year, these insects are quickly infesting our kitchens and bathrooms and enjoying the food we leave on our counters, as well as driving us insane! You may consider a fruit fly problem inside your home to be a pretty minor problem; you may not think it’s something worth calling out professional pest control in Denver for! But if allowed to feed freely on the food in our kitchen, a fruit fly problem can get out of control quickly. Before your problem gets too severe and while you’re still only seeing a few flies every day, here are some quick DIY fruit fly traps that can help you take care of a minor fruit fly problem on your own and in an eco-friendly way.
To create a basic fruit fly trap, fill a tall glass with water and cover it with a plastic funnel, or with plastic wrap that you have poked at least a dozen small holes. When your basic trap is complete, fruit flies will fly in but not be able to fly back out again and will eventually drown. But in order to make this trap effective, the fruit flies need to be attracted to your tall glass of water. There are several things you can add to the glass of water to make sure fruit flies will be calling. These include:
Apple Cider Vinegar. Heat 1/2 a cup of this in the microwave and add it to the water. The solution should attract (and kill!) lots of hungry fruit flies.
Wine. Use 1/2 a cup of either fresh or stale wine (doesn’t matter what color!) and add it to the water. This also attracts and kills fruit flies effectively.
Tequila. Again, use 1/2 a cup of tequila in your tall glass of water. This should attract many fruit flies into your trap.
There are a couple of drawbacks to the tall glass of water trap; it takes a day or two to work and it is very easily knocked over in your busy kitchen. So what can you do to get rid of the problem right now? Apparently fruit flies don’t enjoy the scent of incense. Burn this in the area of your infestation and you’ll kill them, or smoke them out… either way, the flies will be gone. But will the problem be gone? Probably not, especially not if you have a fruit-fly-breeding-zone on your hands. These insects breed in decaying fruit, sweet liquids as well as inside drains; if you have a fruit fly problem, you need to get rid of the environment breeding these problems. You can do this by cleaning your kitchen from top to bottom and always cleaning up food and drink spills as soon as they happen. Make sure to remove any old food on counters and try to keep your drains clear of food particles. You can also call a pest control company in to help, especially if the problem continues to occur. Pest control professionals like the folks at EnviroPest by Sprague can help you locate the root of your problem, so that you can eliminate the environment that is breeding fruit flies to remove the problem altogether.
If you are looking for green pest control solutions to take care of your fruit fly problem, look no further than Denver’s own EnviroPest by Sprague. Our eco-friendly pest control solutions can help you get rid of fruit flies as well as many other pests without the use of harsh chemicals. Contact us today to discuss what we can do to help you eliminate fruit flies and the environments that breed them as well as any other pest problems you may have in your Colorado home.