Do fruit flies have you feeling fruitless? These pesky little creatures are a common problem for people living in apartments, and they can be difficult to get rid of. Luckily, there are some great ways to get fruit flies out of your apartment for good! In this blog post, we will discuss the different methods how to get rid of fruit flies in apartment and best implement them.
Fruit fly infestation in apartment can be frustrating and disruptive. These tiny insects seem to appear out of nowhere and can quickly multiply, turning into a bothersome issue that affects your daily life. However, with the right strategies and techniques, you can effectively combat fruit fly infestation in your apartment.
In this blog post, we will explore various methods on how to get rid of fruit flies in an apartment and provide insights on how to best implement them. By following these recommendations, you can successfully eliminate fruit flies in your apartment and create a more pleasant living environment. Let’s dive into the details and discover effective solutions to tackle this pesky problem head-on.
What causes fruit flies in my apartment?
Fruit flies are fruit eaters, so they feed on fruit and fruit juice.
– Fruit flies lay eggs in these foods that then hatch into maggots which continue to grow up until adulthood – when we see them buzzing around the fruit bowl!
– If you’re seeing fruit fly infestations often in your apartment, it may be because fruit flies are coming in from outside and laying eggs on your fruit before it’s eaten.
- What will happen if you don’t treat a fruit fly infestation?
A fruit fly infestation won’t just go away on its own; it’ll most likely get worse. Even if the adult fruit flies die, new ones will continue to appear every day unless you cut off the source.
- What scent do fruit flies hate?
Fruits fly dislike a number of pleasant smelling natural fragrances, including peppermint, lavender, eucalyptus, lemongrass, and clove.
How do you get rid of fruit flies?
How to get rid of fruit flies in condo? There are a few different methods you can use to effectively eliminate these pesky insects. Here we provide practical tips on implementing them for a fruit-fly-free living environment
- Clean all surfaces where fruit flies may be attracted to, like fruit bowls or countertops. Fruit flies are attracted to the fruit, fruit juice or fruit scraps that have been left on your surfaces.
- Throw away old fruit and fruit juices.
- Wipe down counters with a solution of baking soda and water (one tablespoon each).
- Remove trash bags once they’re full or put them in an outdoor bin. Fruit flies are also attracted to garbage, so make sure your garbage cans are well sealed. If you have a compost bin, keep it far away from the house and make sure it’s tightly sealed as well.
- Vacuum floors and furniture, especially around fruit bowls or other areas where fruit flies are commonly seen.
Clean up after your pets
Fruit flies are also attracted to pet food and cat litter. If you have fruit fly problem in apartment do not forget to keep these products in tightly sealed containers that fruit flies can’t get into, or place them outside the house if possible.
If you must keep your pet’s food indoors, make sure there is no fruit near it; fruit will attract fruit flies! Check for fruit fly eggs around pet food bowls as well. Wipe down your pet’s feeding area regularly with a baking soda and water solution (one tablespoon each). This will help get rid of any fruit fly eggs or larvae that may be there.
Use a fruit fly trap
One of the easiest ways to get rid of fruit flies is by using a fruit fly trap. You can either buy one or make your own. There are many different fruit fly traps on the market, like fruit fly bait stations, fruit fly sticky traps and fruit fly liquid repellent. A fruit fly trap is a great option if you want to get rid of fruit flies in your apartment without using chemicals or sprays.
One popular DIY fruit fly trap uses apple cider vinegar (ACV) as bait. The smell of ACV is something that fruit flies hate, so they’ll be drawn to the trap.
- First, boil some water and pour it into a jar.
- Then, pour in two tablespoons of fruit fly attractant (a fruit juice or fruit), cover the jar with plastic wrap to keep fruit flies out but still allow air flow, poke holes in the top of the wrap so fruit flies can get through, and place the jar in a strategic spot.
- Within a day or two, you should start seeing fruit flies trapped inside the jar!
Use a mix apple cider vinegar and dish soap
Fruit flies are not very attracted to the smell of vinegar, but if you mix it with some dish soap, their aversion to the smell will increase.
- Pour apple cider vinegar into a bowl.
- Add a few drops of dish soap.
- Stir until the dish soap is fully mixed in.
- Place the bowl near fruit flies. Fruit flies will be drawn to the fruit fly trap and get stuck in it.
This method typically works within a day or two, but fruit fly traps like this should be used in combination with other fruit fly control methods so that you can fully get rid of fruit flies from your apartment.
Call an exterminator
If you’re still having problems getting rid of fruit flies in your apartment, don’t hesitate to or use a chemical fruit-fly spray or call an exterminator. Fruit fly control is the best way to get rid of fruit flies for good. They will help identify the source of the infestation and treat it accordingly.
So, there you have it! The best ways to get rid of apartment fruit flies. If you are looking for a way that is natural or chemical-free then the last two methods should be right up your alley. They take more time but they also work better and will not make your apartment smell like chemicals all day long. Good luck on getting those pesky little bugs out of their home away from yours!
I’m Maddy Rigby and I am a Senior Lecturer in the School of Life and Environmental Sciences at the University of Sydney. I obtained my PhD in Insect Ecology from the University of Calgary in Canada with a focus on insect behavior.