What are Fruit Flies and How to Get Rid of Them Effectively?

What are bugs and why are they so annoying?

Sometimes you may have to face some unwanted guests at your place such as an annoying sales agent or an irritating friend. But do you ever notice? Skipping these unwanted people is a lot easier than dealing with some other uninvited non-human species. These species we are talking about here and everyone hates to find them in their houses, are bugs like fruit flies.

Which part of your home could be the biggest target of bugs?

Whatever their type is, all the bugs leave some very unpleasant effects on the surfaces they live on. Whether they are tiny ants or large-sized cockroaches, they invade your home to get some food. So, your kitchen is always the most vulnerable place for the attack of the bugs. Different types of grains, meats, fruits, and vegetables present in your kitchen could be the prime target of invading bugs.

What are fruit flies and their usual health hazards?

One of the most dangerous bugs that carry a lot of health hazards is common fruit flies. Fruit flies, also known as vinegar flies, have a strong attraction to ripening or rotting fruits and vegetables such as bananas, melon, tomatoes, squash, apples, onions, and potatoes. Just about 3mm long, these tiny black bugs most commonly attack in early summer and early fall and carry some severely unhealthy germs and bacteria capable of causing many parasitic infections, gastrointestinal problems, food poisoning, and allergic reactions in your body.

Why are fruit flies such a big risk for your health?

One thing that makes fruit flies very dangerous and such a big risk for your health is their rate of growth. An adult female fruit fly can lay up to 500 eggs at a time and these eggs can turn up to fully grown adults in less than 48 hours. So, you can’t let these tiny black bugs remain in your kitchen even for a single day. Hence, the best time to take some effective measures against these little giants is right now. Here are some useful tips for you to get rid of fruit flies quickly and effectively.

How to get rid of fruit flies?

As we have mentioned earlier, They are tempted to ripening or rotting fruits and vegetables. You can killed So, always keep only fresh fruits and vegetables on your kitchen counter and keep the kitchen counter and cabinet clean and dry. But if you have spotted fruit flies in your kitchen despite all the care and safety measures. Then don’t be too worried and perform these three very simple steps to get these bugs out of your kitchen quickly.

1. Locate and clean up all the places where fruit flies are living

First of all, take all the sticky and rotting food away from your kitchen and then locate all the possible places where fruit flies can breed and lay their eggs. After performing an effective inspection, clean up those places with much care and attention.

2. Kill these fruit flies

Once you have cleaned all the possible places where fruit flies can be spotted, use any one of the following methods to kill all these vinegar flies living in those places.

i) Spraying a chemical

One of the most common methods to kill any type of bugs is spraying some chemicals on them. Some top-rated chemical products are easily available in the market that can kill all the fruit flies hanging around in your kitchen once and for all.

ii) Using apple cider vinegar

Take a bowl full of apple cider vinegar and cover it with plastic wrap and a rubber band. Using wrap and band, seal the bowl edges so that no tiny object can pass in or out. Then poke some small holes in the wrap. The fruit flies will be attracted to the sweet vinegar and will enter the bowl as a result of this attraction. Once, they will have entered the bowl, they will be trapped inside and will never be able to get out of it.

iii) Using a mixture of apple cider vinegar and dish soap

You can skip using a wrap with a bowl full of apple cider vinegar by mixing a small amount of dish soap in it. Adding a drop or two of dish soap will decrease the surface tension of the liquid inside the bowl. The decreased surface tension will not allow the fruit flies, fallen in the mixture to get out of the bowl.

iv) Using an old alcoholic beverage

Remove the cork of a bottle of old wine or beer and put it at the place where fruit flies have been spotted. The alcoholic beverage will attract the fruit flies inside the bottle. Once they have entered the bottle, they will never be able to escape out of it due to its small opening.

v) Using a clear food plastic storage bag

Many fruit flies can reside inside your garbage disposal or a food storage container. You can get rid of these vinegar flies using a clear food plastic storage bag. Tape this bag over the container and leave it as it is for some time. Fruit flies will trap inside the bag. You can dispose off that bag at an appropriate place.

3. Wipe again all the places with boiled water

Remember, using any one of the methods mentioned above will only kill the adult insects. In other words, it will not stop their eggs from hatching. So, we strictly advise you to wipe the place where fruit flies were located with boiled water so that these tiny black bugs will not be apple to populate in your kitchen once again.

Frequently Asked questions

What causes fruit flies in the house?

Fruit flies breed and developed on garbage, trash, cans, mop buckets, and drains. They infest homes with ripe rotting or overripe fruit. They also like to live on fermented items such as vine, beer, or liquor.

Will fruit fly go away on their own?

No, it funny to think that fruit flies will go away on their own. Once they entered in your kitchen, they will not go on their own. Moreover, their growth rate is also very high; they lay 500 egg at a time. Hence, a small family quickly turn into Fruitfly mageddon.

How long a fruit fly live?

The average life span of a fruit fly is 40 -0 50 days.

Can fruit fly eggs hatch in your stomach?

The human stomach is highly acidic, enough to kill them if they entered. But if you eat food which is exposed to fruit fly eggs, they may hatch in your stomach and cause parasitic infection, gastrointestinal infection, an allergic reaction or food poisoning. 

What Temperature do fruit fly die?

Fruit flies experience a sharp decrease in their life span at Temperature below 53 degrees. At this Temperature, their growth and development inhibit entirely.