How to Kill Biting Fruit Flies

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How to Kill Biting Fruit Flies
Kill fruit flies by drowning them. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Fruit flies like to invade your home in search of sweet fruits or liquids. The pesky insects prove elusive as they swarm around your head. Trapping the fruit flies may not be as hard as you think since their downfall involves using sweet products to lure them into your trap. Get rid of biting fruit flies with a few innovative techniques.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Wide-mouthed jar
  • Beer, fruit juice or sugar water
  • Cling film
  • Rubber band
  • Pencil
  • Bowl
  • Pancake syrup
  • Insecticide
  • Sticky fly traps

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  1. 1

    Fill a wide-mouthed jar 1/4 full with beer, fruit juice or sugar water. Tear off a small sheet of cling film and place it tightly over the jar top.

  2. 2

    Secure the plastic in place with a rubber band. Poke four holes into the plastic with a pencil.

  3. 3

    Place the jar in the area with the fruit flies. Lured by the sweet smells, the flies climb through the holes in the plastic and become trapped inside the jar.

    Other Methods

  1. 1

    Pour 1/4 cup pancake syrup into a shallow bowl. Place cling film tightly over the top of the bowl and then secure the plastic underneath the bowl. Poke holes into the wrap. The fruit flies become stuck inside the bowl.

  2. 2

    Spray fruit flies with an insecticide containing pyrethrin. The spray kills fruit flies on contact.

  3. 3

    Lay sticky traps near fruits. The fruit fly lands and becomes trapped on the sticky surface.

Tips and warnings

  • Clean kitchen counters with soap and water after spraying the area with an insecticide.
  • Throw away fermented fruits and vegetables. Toss them into a plastic bag and place outside in a dustbin. Secure a lid to the dustbin to keep fruit flies away.
  • Rinse cans and jars before placing inside the trash.
  • Avoid leaving dirty dishes in the sink. Place them in the dishwasher or rinse them thoroughly before leaving in the sink.
  • Refrigerate fruits and vegetables, or store them in plastic bags or containers.

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