As the weather warms and the flowers begin to bloom, there is a lot to enjoy out in our big, beautiful world. We no longer have to worry about the sun going down at a measly 5PM or freezing while stepping out of our homes and into the outside world. People are starting to enjoy parks again, and families, children, and pets can all be seen taking in fresh air and sunny days without a care in the world.
And yet, while we’re all living our best lives outside, insects like mosquitoes, fruit flies, gnats, moths and other small creatures are looking to escape the formidable heat through any means necessary. But who can blame them? I wouldn’t want to be out in the sun at all hours of the day, unable to take a break from the exhausting heat, either.
Unfortunately for us, this means that they’re sneaking into our homes, taking solace in our cooling systems, and feasting on food that’s been sitting out for a few hours too long. Fruit flies are some of the biggest home invasion perpetrators, going from 0 to 100 in what feels like seconds. They’re also tiny, fairly smart, and have great vision and sense of smell, making them the perfect little critters to raid our homes.
Here’s everything you need to know about fruit flies and how you can prevent and stop them from infesting your home.
What are fruit flies?
Fruit flies are small, flying bugs that are common in homes, restaurants, supermarkets, and other places where food and moisture exist. They’re about 1/8 inch long and infamously known for their poor coordination, seen awkwardly flying around in circles. Fortunately, they don’t bite you or suck your blood, so that’s one less thing to worry about. On the down side, they can be very hard to get rid of, reproducing up to 500 eggs that can grow to a fully-formed adult in just one week. In terms of seasonality, fruit flies most often appear in your household in the late summer and early fall.
What causes fruit flies in the house?
In terms of seasonality, fruit flies most often appear in your household in the late summer and early fall. But the summer heat is only partially to blame for the appearance of fruit flies in your home. The main culprit for a fruit fly infestation usually involves fruits and vegetables that have been sitting around in your home for longer than they should—A.K.A. they’re starting to rot. Beyond fermenting fruits and veggies, fruit flies are also attracted to anything that holds moisture like drains, garbage disposals, mops, leaky faucets, and even house plants due to their soil.
Should I be concerned?
While it is extremely frustrating, fruit fly infestations aren’t usually harmful. It also doesn’t mean you’re living in a pigsty. However, we wouldn’t recommend eating anything that fruit flies have potentially come into contact with, as they can leave bacteria on the foods they touch.
How do I get rid of fruit flies in my home?
You’re probably not thrilled about these pests taking over your humble abode, especially if they’ve reproduced rapidly and continue to appear. Fortunately, there are a few proven methods you can use to get rid of them before trying to swat them all into oblivion.
Eliminate the source of infestation.
If you’re dealing with fruit flies, you most likely have something in your kitchen that’s spoiling or has been left out for fruit flies to go to town on. Go through your entire kitchen and search for any produce or other foods that can be discarded, stored in your refrigerator, or eaten (if it is safe). If there are any spills or liquids, thoroughly clean that area with disinfectant. All it takes is a single rotting onion or a slightly opened jar of fermenting vegetables to cause a mass arrival of fruit flies in your home.
Try DIY traps.
Natural fruit fly traps are easy to make, quite effective, and can often be made with things you have around the house. Below is a tried and true method for eradicating fruit flies that you can make with ingredients found in your kitchen.
Apple Cider Vinegar Fruit Fly Trap
Supplies: apple cider vinegar, dish soap, a jar with a lid, hammer, and nail
- Pour approximately one cup of apple cider vinegar into your jar
- Add a few drops of dish soap
- Cover the jar with the lid
- Poke a few holes using the hammer and nail
- Place the trap in the affected areas and wait at least a day to see any results
This trap is often very effective as fruit flies are attracted to the scent of apple cider vinegar. Once they enter through the holes in the lid, their lack of coordination keeps them from getting out.
UV Light Insect Traps
UV light traps are a simple yet surprisingly effective method of trapping fruit flies that requires little setup and time. They work by shining a UV light, which fruit flies are naturally attracted to, and luring them into a trap. From there, just leave it on and let it work its magic.
The Katchy UV light trap is engineered with a fan inside it that sucks in the fruit flies just as they’re entering, sticking them to a glue board with no chance of escape. It also does all the work for you by running quietly in the background so you can sit back, relax, and enjoy your Netflix show in peace.
Katchy belongs in every household as the secret weapon to keeping fruit flies out of your home.
How do you use Katchy?
- Activate at night
- Place closest to the trash can, outdoor area, fruit bowl, or wherever you see the most bugs
- Give Katchy 3 days to work its magic
- Remove old glue board and properly dispose
- Take glue board and remove protective layer to expose sticky surface
- Place sticky side up
- Continue using Katchy as needed
A Home Without Fruit Flies IS Possible
Having a fruit fly problem can be incredibly frustrating, especially if you’re not sure what’s causing the infestation. Once you’ve figured out where the issue is coming from, you can try out a few different DIY methods you can quickly and easily create at home. For a longer term solution, try Katchy and watch as your home goes from fruit fly utopia back to its normal insect-less appearance in just days.