Your kitchen has been invaded by tiny fruit flies and you don’t know what to do about it? Let our pest management experts share a few tips and tricks with you so you can win the battle against these flying insects. If that’s not enough, you can always call us. Professional fruit-fly extermination is possible—we can solve your problem in no time!
The most common fruit fly found in North America comes from the Drosophila family. The Drosophila genus alone contains 400 species of flies—it’s enough to boggle the mind and challenge the Latin of fly exterminators and homeowners alike!
If you live in Quebec, the little fruit flies you’re seeing near your fruit bowl or kitchen compost container belong to the order Diptera; more specifically, they are the Drosophila melanogaster. They are sometimes called vinegar flies.
This species has two wings, while most other flying insects have four wings. Drosophila are about 3 to 4 mm long and they have red eyes, a yellowish-brown striped body and a few hairs of uneven length.
In the wild, fruit flies search out decomposing plant material, such as dead trees and fungi, along the edges of ponds and marshes. They feed on flower nectar and tree sap.
In human dwellings, fruit flies and their larvae feed on ripe or decaying fruits and vegetables and fermented products, including:
It’s in this kind of moist environment that the fruit fly lays its eggs. The larvae will then seek out a dryer environment where they will turn into nymphs and then, eventually, into mature flies.
These adult flying insects will now look for sweetness, moisture and light, which is why you’ll often see them congregating near your kitchen window and sink.
Fruit flies don’t typically get into your home through open windows. Most often, you’ll accidentally introduce them into your home via the fresh produce you buy at the grocery store or fruit market. Because they establish their populations in any kind of decaying vegetable matter, fruit flies can be found just about everywhere:
As hard as you might try hard to get rid of fruit flies yourself, it’s practically impossible to keep them out of your home all together. What you can do, however, is take measures to control their numbers.
when you must be especially vigilant—even more so if you compost your kitchen waste.
Keeping your home clean, especially your kitchen, is the absolute basic requirement if you want to say goodbye to fruit flies once and for all. If you don’t leave out any kind of food waste anywhere, you can eliminate larvae before they turn into flies. Here are our recommendations:
These simple measures can make the difference between having a fruit fly here or there and clouds of the tiny insects swarming around your kitchen counter.
If you don’t want to buy a commercially made product, it’s fairly easy to make a homemade fruit fly trap:
Pour a few drops of dish soap into a bowl of water. Stir slightly to get some lather, and submerge some fruit peels (bananas, apples, pears, etc.) in the liquid. Fruit flies will be attracted in no time, and before you know it, several flying insects will have drowned themselves in your trap.
Pour a little wine into a glass and cover it with plastic wrap; keep the plastic film on with an elastic band around the rim. Poke some small holes in the film with a fork, and place the glass near the problem area. The fruit flies will have a good time before they meet their end!
Place a narrow funnel or a piece of paper folded into a funnel in the opening of a jar containing a piece of banana sprinkled with yeast. Fruit flies will fly directly into the trap and not be able to get out.
Fruit flies don’t like the smell of basil, lemongrass or lavender. Place a basil plant close to your fruit basket, or sprinkle a mixture of water and lavender or lemongrass essential oil around your kitchen. Not only might you get rid of the flies, but your home will smell good too.