Tips for getting rid of fruitflies

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Fruit flies are probably the most persistent pests in the pantry. These tiny flies breed quickly, and will stick around long after you’ve tossed your fruits and veggies. Getting rid of fruit flies requires patience and smarts.

If you’re at your wits end with these nuisance pests, take a few minutes to read these tips for getting rid of fruit flies. You need to be thorough in eliminating all the potential breeding sites in your home.

1. DISPOSE OF ANY ROTTING FRUITS AND VEGETABLES.

First things first. As soon as you see a few fruit flies, you need to purge your produce. Anything that is beyond ripe, oozing liquid, or has been cut or broken open must go. Don’t just throw it in the garbage or compost bin, either (unless your compost bin is outdoors and located a distance from your house). Bag it up and take it outside to the trash. Then clean up any residual mess left behind.

2. SCRUB THE RECYCLING CANS.

If it’s sweet or fermented, with a little moisture, it’s a suitable habitat for fruit flies. Empty soda cans, wine bottles, and beer cans fit that bill perfectly. Take all your bottles and cans out for pickup. Then give the bin itself a thorough scrubbing to remove any residue of beer, wine, or juice.

3. TAKE ANY COMPOST SCRAPS OUTSIDE.

If you compost your kitchen scraps and you have fruit flies buzzing about, it’s time to clean out the compost bin.
Until you get your infestation under control, you’ll need to take produce scraps straight to your outdoor compost pile. Empty any compost containers that you keep indoors, and give them a good scrubbing, too.

4. REPLACE OLD SPONGES, MOPS, OR DISHRAGS.

Fruit flies can breed on sour sponges or mops, too.
If you haven’t changed your kitchen sponge or your mop refill recently, replace them. Throw any reusable dishrags in the wash.

5. CLEAN YOUR DISHES IMMEDIATELY, ESPECIALLY WINE OR JUICE GLASSES.

Don’t wait until the end of the day to wash your dishes, especially if they have residues of things like jelly or wine. At the very least, give the dishes a good rinse to remove any food or beverage bits. When you scrape leftovers into the garbage, be sure to take the trash outside promptly. If you have a dishwasher, rinse the dishes and load it, and run the load as soon as possible.

6. CHECK POTATO AND ONION STORAGE BINS.

Most people store potatoes, onions, and other root vegetables in a cool, dark bin or cupboard. If fruit flies persist, be sure to check these storage areas for old, rotting produce. Just one old potato is all it takes to keep a fruit fly population going in your kitchen. Dispose of any soft or mushy potatoes or onions, and give the bin a cleaning before refilling it with fresh ones.
Article taken from:   www.thoughtco.com

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