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What's The Deal With: Fruit and Fruit Flies

What's The Deal With: Fruit and Fruit Flies

Oh how I love the fresh fruits and veggies of summer. My counter is full of ripening fruit and it seems that the fruit flies love my produce nearly as much as I do. Let me tell you, I am not too fond of fruit flies and am curious - How do they get in my kitchen?

Here's the deal. Fruit flies lay their eggs on fermenting fruit NOT fresh fruit, so when the eggs hatch, the larvae have yeast to munch on. So if the fruit you bring home has already begun to ripen, it may have eggs on it, and they'll hatch at your house. More often though, contrary to what you may think, fruit flies live outdoors. So if you bought fresh fruit from the store and it's ripening on your counter, chances are the fruit flies got a good whiff and flew into your kitchen from outside.

There are many ways to get rid of them:

  • Don't leave food on the counter to ripen. If that's not possible, wrap your fresh fruit in sealed ziploc baggies before they ripen so the flies can't smell your fruit as easily.
  • If you do leave fruit on your counter, eat it before it gets too ripe.
  • Don't leave dirty dishes around. As soon as you're done eating, wash them immediately. Also be sure to clean your sink thoroughly - fruit flies can live off the scum in the drain.

If you want to see what else you can do to get rid of those little buggers then

  • Keep your trash can clean and take the trash out once a day so you don't have food scraps rotting in your kitchen - trash is a fruit fly's dream come true.
  • Fruit flies love wine, beer, and soda, so rinse off your bottles and cans before placing them in the recycling bin.
  • If you have a bad infestation, you can make a fruit fly trap: take a cup or shallow dish and pour something sweet in the bottom like a little wine, juice, or some watered down honey. Or you can use a ripe piece of fruit, like a banana. Then cover it with plastic wrap or a clean drink lid and poke a small hole into the middle of it. The flies are attracted to the sweet smell, so they fly in and can't get out.

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ben94 ben94 10 years
The most pleasant way to get rid of those pesky fruit flies is to enjoy a nice bottle of wine with that special someone -- well, hopefully not too expensive -- because you're going to leave about an inch behind. Be sure no one sneaks in overnight to finish off the wine, because more than likely there will be a bunch of dead fruit flies floating in it.
sailing-chick sailing-chick 10 years
We have a lot of them here in summer and as my family consume lots of fruit in summer we always have them around. I think that I might try this little trick this summer thanks fit!!
Mickey-tee Mickey-tee 10 years
redsugar redsugar 10 years
dear god. I am ill. We always have a ton of fruit and one or two of those pesky buggers.
luv_bug1211 luv_bug1211 10 years
I have them in my BATHROOM! Its been spotless for almost 2 weeks now and theyre still there! They seem to like my mirror, i windex it everytime i go in there!
CamillaCat CamillaCat 10 years
such neat tips! i saw one of those little buggers in my home the other day, i freaked out and the kitchen has been spotless ever since (to try not to attract any more)
wynter wynter 10 years
I just got rid of some thanks to bananas I bought. :/ They are so annoying. I used a little vinegar, water, and sugar in a bowl. It took a few days, but they're finally all gone now!
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 10 years
FitSugar, sorry I repeated your instructions for a fruit fly trap (I didn't see them above). I've used this method for a few summers to get rid of the little pest - it really works!
CiaoBella2 CiaoBella2 10 years
I found this tip for catching fruit flies & it works. Take a clean empty jar (w/o lid) & put a small piece of banana inside it. Cover the jar with some plastic wrap. With a knife make a small hole in the center of the plastic wrap (about 1/4' round). Place the jar on your counter near where the fruit flies land the most. The fruit flies will go inside the jar (attracted to the smell of the banana) but won't fly out. If you feel benevolent, let the flies free outside your home.
GrapeBubbleGum GrapeBubbleGum 10 years
Fruit flies are harmless. Vinegar is also good for making traps, but the BEST thing to use is yeast paste. Mix a little active yeast with water and put that in the trap. I work in a fruit fly lab and that's what we use to catch the escapers. I wouldn't recommend putting fruit in a plastic baggie will just cause the fruit to ripen really quickly.
mwmsjuly19 mwmsjuly19 10 years
fashionvictim85 fashionvictim85 10 years
fit, does that mean that there are always fruitfly eggs on the fruits i buy and that i'm gonna eat these eggs without noticing?! that's super gross!!!
tickintime tickintime 10 years
Ewww on the description. Thankfully, I don't usually have fruit flies.
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