Fruit fly infestations are really a pesky affair to be dealing with. They ruin any place’s ambience, not to mention the added health risks that tag along with them. It’s nothing to worry about however, as by the end of this (short) guide you should have all the knowledge necessary to end this struggle once and for all.

Here’s all you need to know about getting rid of fruit flies:

What causes Fly infestations?

The first step to dealing with any infestation, or problem in general to be fair, is identifying the root causes behind said infestation/problem. There are a couple of go-to origins of fruit flies at any place. In your kitchen or dining area, always be on the lookout for dirty dishes or uncovered food. Let them be for a little too long and they’re literally dinner for the flies. Not to mention, you can’t eat that meal after contamination so all of that goes down the drain.

Moreover, try to empty your trash cans at least once or twice a day – otherwise they’re breeding grounds for infestations. Try not to let any area inside your house be damp for too long, as the moisture provides a good habitat for their eggs. If you think the problem might be your plants, do get the soil changed on a regular basis. It’s healthier for the said plants too.

That’s cool and all, but how do you get rid of them now?

Now that we’re done with the preventive measures, we understand that the problem is that you have an infestation right now! That’s all right. You’ve got nothing to worry about. You’d only require these readily available ingredients to set up the perfect trap for those pesky flies:

• Apple Cider Vinegar or White Vinegar
• Dish Soap

Leave the solution out in the open in a container or spray it at insect-prone places. The smell of the vinegar should attract the pests while the soap should kill them.

If you have the problem of drain flies, you can even pour a diluted bleach solution down your drain while cautiously protecting your mouth and hands. Be careful about not mixing it with ammonia however as the fumes can be toxic.

With any of these tricks, getting rid of your fly infestation should be a no brainer.