Summer is the high season for fruit flies. The little flies attack our fruit bowl – and multiply extremely quickly. With a fruit fly trap you can easily get rid of the annoying insects. Plus: the best tips and home remedies to get rid of fruit flies quickly and effectively.
- Fruit flies are not dangerous and do not transmit diseases. However, many people are disgusted by the small flies on the fruit.
- You can easily get rid of fruit flies with home remedies.
- Tip for the summer: store fruit under a close-meshed grid.
In the warm summer months, fruit flies like to nest in fruit. They multiply explosively and quickly become a nuisance. The little pests particularly like the scent of ripe fruit, and they can smell even slightly damaged fruit over long distances. We reveal how you can get rid of the insects, which are only about two to three millimeters in size, in a natural way.
Make your own fruit fly trap: Here’s how
There are various fruit fly traps on the market that can be used to control fruit flies. You can save the money, an effective trap can be easily made yourself – without any chemicals and with simple household remedies. How to make a fruit fly trap yourself:
Simply mix two tablespoons of water with three tablespoons of fruit juice (e.g. apple juice), one tablespoon of vinegar, some sugar and add a few drops of washing-up liquid. Vinegar and juice attract flies. The detergent destroys the surface tension, the flies cannot stay on the liquid and drown in the mixture.
Place the mixture in a small, shallow bowl. If the liquid has also spread to the edge of the bowl, clean it. Otherwise, there is a risk that the flies will remain on the safe side and not even dare to enter the actual trap.
If the home remedy doesn’t work after a few hours, simply add a little more vinegar. After about two to three days, you should replace the mixture in the fruit fly trap.
Get rid of fruit flies with a live trap
If you don’t want to kill the little pests, but want to catch them alive, you can set up a live trap for fruit flies:
Place a bait (e.g. a banana peel) in a bowl that you cover with cling film.
Fasten a slide with a rubber band.
Poke holes in the foil with a needle from the outside. The fruit flies can now fly into the bowl, but due to the shape of the holes they can no longer get out.
To release the caught fruit flies, only open the trap when you are a safe distance from your home.
Where do fruit flies come from?
Fruit flies, also known as fruit, vinegar or fruit flies, feel comfortable at temperatures above ten degrees Celsius. In such conditions, they begin to multiply. They lay their eggs in fruit baskets, leftovers from food or drink, and the larvae hatch after about 14 days. Since the fruit fly lays up to 400 eggs and the offspring can already lay their own eggs at the tender age of two weeks, the fruit fly population in the kitchen is increasing rapidly. The eggs and larvae are so small that they cannot be seen with the naked eye. Incidentally, the fruit fly plague has nothing to do with poor hygiene!
Getting Rid of Fruit Flies: What Prevents Fruit Flies?
Fruit flies do not pose any danger, they cannot transmit germs and diseases. So there is no reason to discard fruit that has been infested with fruit flies. But the little animals are still annoying. The most effective way to a summer without fruit flies: It is best not to attract the insects in the first place.
Only buy fruit in small quantities in summer and use it up as quickly as possible.
If fruit has a small dent or other damage, you should no longer store it in the fruit basket but in the refrigerator.
Do not leave open drinks or empty juice or wine bottles lying around. Rinse bottles well, reseal, and then dispose of quickly.
Do not leave organic waste in the kitchen for too long.
The compost in the garden is also a paradise for fruit flies. During the summer months, do not throw fruit on the compost if it is near the house.