Get Rid of Fruit Flies & Drain Flies
Anyone who has ever dealt with a swarm of flies in their kitchen can attest that a fruit or drain fly infestation can quickly spiral out of control. While these pesky pests may not bite or sting, they still pose a threat to your health by transferring bacteria and other pathogens throughout your home. Here, are the top ways to effectively treat a drain and fruit fly infestation at home without getting swarmed.
Clear Your Drain
According to Iowa State University, one of the most effective ways to eliminate a drain fly infestation at home is to clear out the drain. These flies rely upon the various types of rotting organic matter that can accumulate in a drain for a breeding ground and as a source of food. While flies and their larva may be able to withstand running water and heat, it is possible to destroy their breeding ground using drain cleaner and a scrub brush.
Eliminate Food Sources
A fruit fly’s favorite food source can easily be determined by taking a glance at their name; however, you will also need to eliminate other sources of sugar besides fruit. Drain and fruit flies feed on decaying matter that can include anything that might be found in the trash or left behind in a glass. Be sure to clean up any soda, wine and older fruit so that the flies will not find food.
Trap and Release
Fruit flies can easily be led back to the outdoors using a simple trap and release method. Begin by pouring a tiny bit of a sugary beverage into a shallow dish. Wine or soda works well for this method. Then, add a piece of overripe fruit to the middle. Cover the dish with plastic wrap before poking tiny holes in the top. When the flies go into the dish, they will not be able to get out. Then, you can release them outdoors, far away from your home.
Suck Them Up
For a quick fix to a fruit or drain fly problem try sucking them up with a vacuum. Once you have vacuumed the entire swarm, take care to dispose of the bag outdoors. While this method works quickly, it will need to be followed up with some preventative methods to fully eliminate the infestation.
Fruit and drain flies may be tiny, but they can add up to serious problems in your home. Whether you use a spray or a catch and release method, getting rid of these flies is the first step toward creating a preventative plan to avoid further infestations. With some care, a little DIY Fruit Fly & Drain Fly control will go a long way.