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4 tricks to get rid of fruit flies

Fruit flies are a common problem across the UK, the scent of fresh food such as fruit can attract fruit flies in vast numbers. Whilst they will not harm humans directly, they are an annoyance and in rare occasions they can spread disease. Not only do they consume the fruit, they are known to lay their eggs in the skin of the fruit. The can lay up to 500 eggs which can hatch in as little as 24 hours and their average lifespan is 40-50 days.

There are ways to eliminate fruit flies and prevent them from returning.

  1. Cleaning you house and kitchen – One of the best preventative measure to stop fruit fly infestations arising is cleaning the house and kitchen and keeping it clean over a period of time. Getting rid of decaying fruit and vegetables early is key as this is an attractant of fruit flies.
  2. Spraying Residual Insecticides – Residual sprays are sprays that, once applied to a surface, dry to leave a film if the insecticide which continue to kill flies that come into contact with it. This is one of the most effective way of managing large, established infestations over a period of time. Pest Expert Formula C is by far the most effective residual spray on the market.
  3. Using Insecticidal Fumigators – Fumigation devices fill the volume of an enclosed space up with either an insecticidal smoke or aerosol which kills all the fruit flies it comes into contact with. The two main types of fumigators are smoke bombs and fogger. Pest Expert manufacture both of these and they are high effective against fruit flies.
  4. Apple Cider Vinegar – Apple Cider Vinegar has a sweet smell which is highly attractive to fruit flies. Simply pour vinegar into a bowl and add a few drops of liquid dish soap and place it near the fruit flies. Place the bowl near fruit flies and the will go for the liquid and end up drowning.

Some of these remedies are more effective than others, for example using insecticides will be much more effective than the home remedies like Cider Vinegar. Clusterflies.co.uk sell all the best insecticides for dealing with fruit fly infestations.