Fruit flies are small, common insects that are attracted to the smell of ripening fruit and vegetables. They are also known as vinegar flies or pomace flies. Fruit flies are about 1/8 inch long and are usually yellow, brown, or black in color. They have red eyes and a distinctive pattern of black stripes on their thorax. Fruit flies lay their eggs on the surface of fermenting fruits and vegetables, and the larvae (baby flies) feed on the decomposing material. When the fruit or vegetable is gone, the adult flies will move on to another food source. Fruit flies can be a nuisance in the kitchen and can contaminate food with their feces and the bacteria on their bodies.
Best insectiside for fruit flies
There are a few different insecticides that can be effective against fruit flies. Here are a few options you can consider:
- Pyrethrin-based insecticides: Pyrethrin is a natural insecticide derived from chrysanthemums that is effective against a wide range of insects, including fruit flies. It is available in a variety of formulations, including sprays, dusts, and foggers.
- Spinosad-based insecticides: Spinosad is a natural insecticide made from the fermentation of a specific type of soil bacteria. It is effective against a wide range of insects, including fruit flies, and is available in a variety of formulations, including sprays, dusts, and baits.
- Neem oil: Neem oil is a natural insecticide derived from the neem tree. It is effective against a wide range of insects, including fruit flies, and is available in a variety of formulations, including sprays and dusts.
It’s important to note that insecticides should be used as a last resort, after other methods have been tried and have failed. Always read and follow the label instructions carefully when using any insecticide.
How to get rid of fruit flies
There are a few different methods you can try to get rid of fruit flies:
- Keep your kitchen clean: Make sure to clean up any spills or crumbs immediately, and take out the trash regularly to prevent fruit flies from having any food sources.
- Cover your trash can: Use a lid or a plastic bag to cover your trash can to prevent fruit flies from getting in.
- Use a trap: You can make a simple fruit fly trap by filling a jar with a mixture of apple cider vinegar and a few drops of dish soap. The flies will be attracted to the vinegar and will get stuck in the mixture.
- Use a fly strip: Hang a fly strip in an area where you have seen fruit flies. The flies will be attracted to the strip and will get stuck on it.
- Use a natural repellent: Some natural repellents that may help get rid of fruit flies include basil, cloves, and lemon balm. Place these herbs in areas where you have seen fruit flies to deter them.