Gross But Absolutely Necessary Truths About Fruit Flies: Prevention And Cure Don't you just love the sights and smells that spring and summer bring? All that colorful foliage, all that sweet-smelling air, the sound of waves crashing on the beach, the presence of sun-tanned skin and fresh, fresh fruits once more. But with the abundance of fresh produce pouring back into the market, the gross reality of fruit flies also follow; and that's something you probably, like most other decent homeowners, don't love. Getting rid of fruit flies once they've already entered your home and are feasting on your fruit bowl is already a sordid, distasteful issue. But get this: you may be unintentionally bringing those pesky creatures into your own home yourself. The fruits you bought may already have been contaminated by their eggs and larvae. And guess what? Even if you wash them off, fruit flies actually thrive and breed effectively in kitchen sink drains So what to do? Short of calling your best pest control experts for total, effective extermination, this infographic from Fix.com pretty much covers most of the DIY measures you can take. In a nutshell:
- Add 2 tablespoons of vinegar of food-safe cleaner to a bowl of water and gently scrub your fruits in this concoction. Rinse with cool water after.
- Create either of two traps: roll a piece of paper into a cone and insert it into a jar filled with ½" of fruit juice; use a fork to puncture holes into the plastic wrap and use this to cover a bowl containing ½" of wine or red wine vinegar.
- Fill your sink ? full with hot water and add ¼ scoop of oxygen bleach. Submerge a dishrag into this mixture for 10 to 20 minutes. Use the dishrag the wipe all kitchen surfaces. Let the mixture in the sink stay for a further 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, drain the sink while running hot water. Thoroughly clean the drain and stopper with the dish rag after.