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Getting Rid of Fruit Flies

Getting Rid of Fruit Flies By Craig Friesen
HIPhome Columnist
December 31, 1969

Fruit Flies: What are they doing in my house?

Fruit flies are small, fast, and incredibly annoying. Unlike other flies and mosquitoes, fruit flies are almost impossible to swat and only the smallest of screen meshes will prevent their entry into your house.

A pest control problem at any time of year but especially during late summer and early fall, fruit flies thrive wherever they find ripe or fermenting vegetables and fruits. They will infest empty bottles, sink drains, and anywhere else in your home or business where there are fruit remains.

Finding out how to get rid of fruit flies properly is critical for your comfort. If left alone, fruit flies will multiply at an incredible rate with an adult fly laying up to 500 eggs that mature in about a week and leave you with a considerable pest control problem.

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Learning how to get rid of fruit flies is easily done, but turning theory into practice requires a little do it yourself pest control. Effective pest control includes elimination of existing adult flies and eggs as well as preventing further infestation.

The following list includes some suggestions for do it yourself fruit fly pest control:
  • Remove organic garbage and anything else that might attract fruit flies from the house as frequently as possible.
  • Hang sticky strips from the ceiling in your kitchen or pantry to get rid of fruit flies.
  • Fill a small jar or container with vinegar, fruit juice, or fermented fruit and insert a paper funnel - fruit flies will be able to fly in but not out.
Now that you have discovered how to get rid of fruit flies, be thorough in taking measures to prevent further or repeated infestation. If such steps are taken, you can be assured that a fruit fly problem will be prevented.

About the Author
Craig Friesen is a freelance writer and an ordained Mennonite minister in rural Saskatchewan, Canada. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree in Religious Studies from University of Manitoba and a Master of Divinity degree from Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminary in Elkhart, Indiana. A computer hobbyist, Craig operates several home-based online businesses in his leisure time.

*Before you apply any of the advice described on the Hip-home.com website, you should consider if the advice is safe and suitable for your individual home situation and consult experts as necessary to evaluate the suitability for your circumstances.
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