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Tips to Get Rid of Houseplant Pests: Fungus Gnats, Mealies, and Thrips, Oh My!

If you have plants, you likely have houseplant pests, too. And even though you did not mean to bring the pests home, you might feel as though you are stuck with them.

Fortunately, there is a way for you to enjoy your houseplants and mitigate the pests issue.

But, it does take time to get rid of houseplant pest issues entirely.

One of Us… One of Us

Ever since the beginning of social distancing, many of us are stuck inside looking for a new hobby.

We set out and kept busy learning to keep indoor plants alive, and the next thing we knew, we had 45 new plants vying for prime spots at our windows.

We started hanging our plants with lovely hangers and even learning how to macrame our own plant hangers. Now, it’s a current and ongoing obsession if we are honest.

All was well for quite some time until we noticed the stickiness from aphids and a large number of fungus gnats flitting about like they owned the place.

Household pests were on the verge of ruining this fantastic oasis, and something needed to be done.

Unwanted Company in Your Houseplants

Household plants are a beacon of hope for bugs and pests. Indoor growing conditions for plants are very appealing to nuisances.

Bugs really like the air circulation, or lack thereof, because high winds destroy small flies.

Also, higher levels of humidity, standing water, and moist soil are havens to some pests.

Say Hello to My Little Friends

You are not inviting all the common outdoor bugs into your home if you have plants.

But there are some common houseplant pests to look for.

Spider Mites

If you notice your leaves have little light-colored dots and the leaves begin to fade to bronze color, you might have spider mites.

You have to look very close to see spider mites scurrying about on your plant, sucking the sap out of the leaves.

After a while, you notice webbing on your leaves and stems, which tells you the population is booming.

You could handle spider mites with an insecticide from a store or one that you make yourself. Another option is a predatory mite, which is all discussed below.

Aphids

Aphids are little pests that travel quickly from plant to plant and feast off the sap from plants. They like new growth, and they go for the fresh green stems making your new foliage look rough.

If the infestation is bad enough, you may see the aphids clustered over the stems of new growth.

You might also notice your plants are sticky, or if you have a hanging plant, there might be sticky residue under the plant.

Also, ants really like this sticky residue, called honeydew, and when you see those ants, it should confirm your infestation of aphids.

You can wash aphids away with a decent stream of water. You might also try using fragrance-free dish soap to make a weak mixture and spray your plant’s leaves on top and bottom.

Neem oil and insecticides are also great options for safely eliminating aphids. Also, you could wipe the leaves with rubbing alcohol, but not all plants like rubbing alcohol.

Fungus Gnats

Fungus gnats are horrid little flies that love the soil in your houseplant pots.

These flies love the moisture in the top couple inches of your plants.

You could dry your plant’s soil out by delaying watering them.

However, if you have plants as we do, they dramatically die if you vary from their watering cycle. Some plants are fussy like that.

You can help prevent fungus gnats by adding pea rocks or sand to the top of the soil because that makes it harder for them to get to the soil.

Also, castile soap mixed with water will kill the larvae, as does a fungicide.

Thrips

Thrips are the color of hay, and they love the underside of houseplant leaves. These houseplant pests love the juices from plants.

This pest is tough to see because they are so small, and as the thrip population booms on your houseplants, you may notice silver streaks on your leaves. As the infestation gets worse, you may see brown streaks.

Manage thrips with neem oil or an insecticide spray.

Whiteflies

Whiteflies are tiny whiteflies that infest your plants and do damage, all while inviting even more pests to their party.

Also, whiteflies suck on your plants and flowers’ sap, which causes that part of your plant to die off. Eventually, whiteflies can kill your houseplant.

The honeydew created, just like aphids, attracts ants and fungal diseases, which can further damage plants.

Neem oil usually works to eliminate whiteflies, as does a weak concoction of water and dish soap. Also, consider sticky traps or an insecticide.

Mealybugs

If you think you have whiteflies, but you notice they do not fly around when you disturb the leaves, you have mealybugs.

Mealybugs have a white powder wax over them, and they go for the sab inside the leaves.

Also, this is another pest that secretes a sticky honeydew that brings its own set of problems.

A full-on infestation of mealybugs are challenging to manage; in some cases, you may have to say goodbye to your plant entirely.

Fortunately, mealybugs are local to the plant and will not spread to the other houseplants.

If you catch the infestation early enough, you can try going after the bugs with rubbing alcohol. Also, an insecticide is effective.

Preventing the Infestation When You Bring Home a New Plant

Bringing home a new houseplant is fun. However, instead of getting your plant home and immediately setting it up with its new friends, you must ensure the plant does not have its own infestation waiting to damage your other plants.

Inspect new plants

Take a good look at your new plant. You want to look for bugs, eggs, and webs.

Be sure to inspect the underneath of the leaves where pests like to hang out and feast. And be careful to look at new growth, too.

Quarantine new plants

If you are like us, you may already have a staggered approach to introducing new plants, so you do not have to explain that, yes, you bought a new plant because leaving it at the store to feel neglected was just not an option for you.

Since you are hiding your plant habit and later pretending the plant “has been there the whole time, what are you even talking about,” take the time to quarantine your new friend to ensure you did not bring any extra “friends” home.

It’s tricky tricky tricky

This quarantine and inspection process is essential because bugs can hide.

As you quarantine your plant, you have time to watch for bugs as they grow into adult pests, which means they will be easier to see.

You can also force plants out of the soil, where some like to hide, by submerging the pot in a bucket of water.

You want to make sure you do not wash over the top of the plant, but the soil absorbs water through the drainage holes.

After about 15 or 20 minutes, drain the pot well.

Now is an excellent opportunity to spray the leaves top and bottom and the soil’s surface with one of the suggested insecticides and fungicides.

If you are uncertain about the soil, take the time to re-pot after carefully removing all the old dirt and planting in fresh soil.

Now That the Houseplant Pests Are Gone

Now that you know how to prevent pests in the first place, you must keep monitoring to eliminate as many opportunities as possible for future infestations.

Stopping new houseplant pests in their tracks

You could have a perfect score for handling new plants, so you do not bring houseplant pests home when you shop for a new plant.

However, infestations happen, so you must remain vigilant.

If you see the warning signs of a new pest colony, have the necessary tools on hand to prevent pests from going out of control.

Insecticides and fungicides

If you have pets and do not want to spray a chemical, but you are concerned about spider mites, aphids, and thrips, you want a spray that uses botanicals.

If you need a spray that is an insecticide, fungicide, and miticide that still qualifies as organic, try Garden Safe Fungicide3.

When you use a pest control spray, do not be shy. Pests will try to hide, so you must spray the tops and the bottoms of the leaves. Also, do not forget the lower leaves and the top of the soil.

Diatomaceous Earth

Diatomaceous Earth is a powered sedimentary rock that is effective in killing a whole lot of household pests.

If you sprinkle Diatomaceous Earth over the top of your plants’ soil, it will kill the mites, fungus gnats, flies, and ants.

Wear a mask and gloves, and do not rub your eyes when you work with this substance.

Incidentally, it is excellent for killing flea infestations, too.

Sticky traps

Sticky traps are a fantastic way to trap flying pests such as fruit flies and fungus gnats. You peel off the cover, and the sticky traps attract the flying pests with their yellow color and trap them.

We can confirm it is very gratifying to wake up and find your sticky traps a graveyard for pesky fungus gnats.

Carnivorous plants

Carnivorous plants are an option for some pests.

However, you must be careful because carnivorous plants could develop their own infestations, yet they are not as easy going when it comes to insecticide sprays or homemade options.

For instance, Pitcher Plants and Venus Fly Traps will eat up fungus gnats and become victims themselves.

However, we can confirm it is very gratifying to see these two plants eating their way through the fungus gnat population.

Another option for fungus gnats is Butterwort.

Butterwort is a live sticky trap that fungus gnats find irresistible. The Butterwort has shimmery leaves, and when the bug lands, it gets stuck on the sticky fluid.

The flying bug dissolves into food for the Butterwort, making it a beautiful graveyard of fungus gnat destruction.

Homemade sprays for houseplant pests

There are plenty of homemade options for sprays, and research shows their efficacy. The spray recipes usually include neem oil mixed with water and applied to the leaves and the soil.

Also, homemade sprays made with concoctions of onions and garlic along with neem oil is useful.

Predatory bugs for houseplant pests

It may seem counter-intuitive to bring bugs into your home on purpose, but many friendly bugs feast on your pests.

For instance, predatory mites, Galendromus occidentalis, will hunt down and devour spider mites. Also, these friendly mites have no interest in chowing on your plants.

Plus, you only need 1 friendly mite for every 10 unfriendly mites. When they eat them all up, your friendly mite will provide continued control if your spider mites come back.

Ladybugs are another option for predatory bugs. When you look at ladybugs, you typically do not think them to be particularly dangerous, but the ladybug is the bringer of death to many household plant pests.

Ladybugs are beneficial for consuming aphids, but they will eat any soft-bodied bugs.

Frequently Asked Questions About Houseplant Pests

We dug up answers to a couple of common questions regarding houseplant pests.

Which houseplants resist pests naturally?

Several plants are more pest-resistant than others. That said, plants are not 100 percent immune from pests.

Snake plants are a good option. Plus, snake plants handle low light and neglect rather well. It has tough skin, making it not pest-friendly. Although snake plants are not suitable for pets and kids, keep them up and out of the way.

Jade plants are another option for natural pest resistant. For the same reason as snake plants, keep them up and away from kids and pets.

Dragon trees are from Africa, and they are drought tolerant and pest resistant. The plant likes low light and invites neglect while still thriving. Also, it’s toxic to pets and kids, so keep them away.

Chinese evergreen is a tropical plant that is pest resistant and does well in low light. However, like the rest, it is toxic to pets and kids.

Do houseplants harbor or attract pests?

House plants do both.

When you buy a plant from a store or nursery, it may already have an infestation.

Also, houseplants are an oasis for some pests, and they attract them, as well.

Therefore, it is vital to quarantine and treat your plants before bringing them inside or near your other plants.

Also, ongoing maintenance is necessary.

I’m All About That Plant

We love plants. We do not, however, appreciate the houseplant pests that love our houseplants.

Fortunately, there are several ways to handle this problem.

Your first line of defense is preventing an infestation in the first place. New plants should be inspected separately. In some cases, the soil needs replacing.

Once you are sure your new plant is free from bugs, you may move it to meet the new family.

However, your work is not done yet.

It is vital to watch for houseplant pest infestation and be proactive about preventing out of control infestations.

How did you handle your houseplant pest situation? Answer in the comments.

 


A teacher by trade, Victoria splits her free time between freelance writing, her camping blog, and (frantically) guiding her teenagers into becoming functional adults.

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Are Millipedes Poisonous? What You Need to Know About Pesty ‘Pedes

In 2004, scientists uncovered a fossilized millipede dating back 420 million years — that’s about twice as far back as the first known dinosaurs. Millipedes are literally prehistoric, so it makes sense that these wiggly bugs make our skin crawl. But are millipedes poisonous? Or even dangerous at all?

What Is a Millipede?

The term “millipede” does not refer to just one species. Across the globe, there are around 10,000 known species of millipede. In the same sense that the words “spider” or “insect” could refer to thousands (or even millions) of different species, the same is true for millipedes.

Speaking of which, millipedes are not a type of arachnid or insect. However, all of these creatures — along with crustaceans like lobsters and crabs — fall under a single taxonomical phylum known as arthropods.

Millipedes are segmented animals with lots and lots of legs. Every millipede has two pairs of legs on each segment of its body, minus the head. But despite their name, millipedes don’t actually have a thousand legs.

How big can a millipede get?

Every species of millipede grows to a different size, with some growing several inches long. However, the vast majority of millipedes are quite small. If you stumble across a millipede in your own home, chances are it will be about an inch long.

What do millipedes eat?

In terms of diet, millipedes are a crucial part of nature’s life cycle. These creatures feed on and help decompose decaying plant matter. Without millipedes, many ecosystems around the world would struggle to function.

Are millipedes and centipedes the same thing?

Millipedes and centipedes, while related, are not the same.

Like the term “millipede,” the name “centipede” refers to around 8,000 different species. Centipedes live in a wide variety of ecosystems all over the world.

Centipedes have just one pair of legs per body segment. Centipede species also vary in size, ranging from less than an inch to longer than a foot. On average, centipedes are bigger than millipedes.

Centipedes are largely carnivorous and hunt smaller arthropods for food.

How do you tell the difference?

If you get close enough, telling the difference between a millipede and a centipede is as simple as looking at the critter in question.

Centipede legs splay out away from the body while millipede legs sit underneath. Sometimes, you can’t even see a millipede’s legs from above, making it look like a very, very fast worm!

The environment you found the millipede or centipede in can also tell you something. Millipedes greatly prefer very moist, soil-rich locations. Centipedes can be found pretty much anywhere.

You can also make an educated guess based on how the millipede or centipede behaves. When disturbed, centipedes tend to run away as quickly as possible. On the other hand, most millipedes will curl into a tight ball as the first line of defense.

Are Millipedes Poisonous?

As we all know, even the smallest critters can be dangerous to humans and pets. Just look at the black widow spider.

Fortunately, millipedes are not poisonous. They also are not venomous and do not bite. When it comes to these many-legged animals, they are definitely more afraid of you than you are of them.

The one defense mechanism millipedes do have is a liquid toxin. When threatened, a millipede might release this toxin onto its body or even spray it at an attacker. Keep in mind that not all species of millipedes have this capability.

This toxin does contain some nasty chemicals, mainly hydrogen cyanide and hydrochloric acid. But the amount released is so, so small that it has no real way of harming a creature larger than the millipede itself.

In rare cases, touching this toxin can cause an allergic reaction. Symptoms normally include redness, itching, irritation, or small blisters.

What about centipedes?

Now that you know the answer to the question, “Are millipedes poisonous?” What about centipedes? They are more aggressive than their millipede friends, it makes sense that they would also be a bit more dangerous.

Centipedes use venom to hunt, and they do bite. While an extremely threatened centipede could bite a human or pet, it is rare. Most centipedes will run and hide rather than try to attack something much larger than themselves.

The larger the centipede, the more severe the bite is likely to be. Some species are even too small to break through human skin.

If a centipede does bite a person or pet, the symptoms are normally very mild. The bite location can turn red, swell, or itch, but just slightly.

In rare cases, a centipede bite can trigger a systemic allergic reaction. Potential symptoms include:

  • Fever
  • Extreme swelling
  • Nausea
  • Heart palpitations
  • Itching

This response is similar to how some people are allergic to bee stings. At least one person has died from a centipede bite after going into anaphylaxis, so see a doctor immediately if any of these symptoms occur.

Millipedes Are in Your Home: Now What?

So you can rest easy knowing the answer to, “Are millipedes poisonous?” is no. But that knowledge probably doesn’t change your desire to rid your home of the multi-legged creatures.

Here’s what to do if you suspect millipedes have infested your home:

Identify the culprits

Before going any further, take a moment to confirm whether or not you’re dealing with millipedes or centipedes. The easiest way to do this is by catching one in a clear cup or jar — just long enough to get a good look without physically touching it.

While you have the offending creepy crawly in your possession, you can also try to identify the species of millipede or centipede. Look up common species in your area and see if any of the photos are a match.

Find what attracts them

Here’s the thing: Millipedes won’t invade your home without good reason. Instead, there’s likely something about your home that’s encouraged them to take roost.

Moisture

Millipedes love moist environments. If moisture builds up in your basement, garage, or shed, there’s a good chance the millipedes won’t be far behind.

Plant matter

We now know that millipedes primarily eat decaying plant matter. If you let your yard become a millipede’s gourmet buffet, they will come.

Keep plant debris away from your home’s foundation and outbuildings. Things to watch out for include grass clippings, fallen leaves, lumber piles, and excessive mulch.

Debris

Millipedes hate being out in the open, so the fewer hiding places you provide, the better. Upturned buckets and similar items can also collect moisture underneath.

Clean up large debris around your yard, garage, basement, and outbuildings to discourage the local millipede population from moving in.

Remove the infestation

Making your home inhabitable to millipedes is the most important step, but it won’t always clear out an infestation as quickly or as thoroughly as you’d like. You can use pest killer to help control the infestation. You might also find tons of dead millipedes left behind.

Use a broom or vacuum to pick up the remnants and take them outside. Living millipedes can live for quite a while inside a vacuum canister, so don’t forget to empty it right away.

When Should You Call a Professional Exterminator About Millipedes?

Professional exterminators are an invaluable tool for many homeowners. However, their services are rarely required for a millipede infestation.

Millipedes are overall harmless. Plus, they require a very specific environment to survive. As soon as your home no longer meets these needs, the millipedes will either naturally die off or pack up and leave.

One way professional exterminators can help control millipedes is with a perimeter treatment. This process essentially creates a chemical barrier around your home’s foundation, stopping unwanted pests in their tracks.

Perimeter treatments work on a wide variety of pests, such as ants, termites, and boxelder bugs. Different chemicals work better on different bugs, so tell your exterminator to treat specifically for millipedes.

Rid Your Home of Thousand-Legged Pests

So, are millipedes poisonous? No, but that doesn’t mean you need to live with them in your home. Taking just a few simple steps to rid your home of moisture and debris can make a huge difference in whether or not a millipede colony wants to set up shop.

If cleaning up your home doesn’t solve the problem, calling a professional exterminator is the next step. An exterminator can also treat your property to prevent future millipede infestations before they can occur.

Ultimately, a few millipedes living in your home aren’t a huge concern. Bu,t millipedes canindicatef another serious problem, such as a leaking pipe, cracked basement wall, or rotting debris. Millipedes might be harmless, but they shouldn’t be ignored.

Have you ever dealt with a millipede or centipede infestation? How did you deal with it? Let us know in the comments below!

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How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies At Home and In Your Potted Plants

There is nothing more irritating than those uninvited pests that fly around your house and buzz around your fruit and houseplants. We understand all too well the revulsion that the mere sight of fruit flies cause, and the shiver of horror they inspire. Therefore, you may find yourself wondering how to get rid of fruit flies.

Nothing is safe from these pesky flying irritants. Once they infest your home, they continue to multiply at an alarming speed to plague your planters and haunt your fruit bowls, drains, and bins. It is not an uncommon problem though it is a simple one to deal with once you know a few hints and tricks.

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

It stands to reason that the first step is to identify the cause of the flying plague and eliminate it. Thorough cleaning of the area will also help. However, there are some simple remedies you may employ to aid in their extermination.

Homemade remedies such as apple cider will trap and kill the blighters. You may even use leftover red wine to create a swimming pool trap. Failing that, you may resort to sticky fly traps or even predatory mites to clean up for you.

Find the Offending Cause

If you are unlucky enough to suffer from an infestation, the first thing you must consider when you wonder how to get rid of fruit flies is the cause. Identify the cause and remove it. It sounds simple, and believe it or not, it is.

Fruit flies tend to buzz around food sources, mainly fruit. Also, if you have some rotten fruit in a bowl or the bin, the fruit flies will have a feast. Therefore, when you approach the problem of how to get rid of fruit flies, remove the fruit!

Clean sweep

Throw out the fruit or vegetables. It sounds like a waste but remains a necessary evil. However, once the flies find it, the food is ruined. Therefore, you must dispose of it.

Scrub away the memory

Once you have removed the offending articles, then you must clean the area thoroughly with a propriety cleaner. Any brand of household cleaner will work to disinfect the area. Clean all the surfaces and make sure that you clean waste bins as well.

In most cases, this will solve the problem. Once you remove the food source for the flies, then you also remove the problem. When you consider how to get rid of fruit flies, good housekeeping and cleanliness remain the key.

Home Remedies

Sometimes the infestation may prove so problematic that you may need to take further action. Furthermore, you may find the solution regarding how to get rid of fruit flies in your store cupboards. Consequently, these simple tricks may help to solve your flying problem.

Create a home swimming pool

If you like a glass of red wine of an evening, you may find that you have a little left in the bottle. If so, then a simple swimming pool trap will answer the question of how to get rid of fruit flies.

Pour the leftover wine into a disposable container and add a little household detergent to the mix. Cover the container with cling film, making sure that the edges remain entirely sealed.

Poke a few holes into the film using the sharp end of a pencil. The holes need to be big enough for the flies to crawl through but not big enough for them to fly out. The trick here is that once the flies crawl into your trap, they are unable to escape through the holes.

The flies are attracted to the red wine. They will fall into your indulgent swimming pool and die in the unpalatable liquid. Overnight, you should find the problem solved, and you may dispose of the container safely.

A bitter end

Little black monsters fly around your kitchen and infest your planters, and now you want to know how to get rid of fruit flies. Most of us have vinegar in our store cupboards, and this proves the most useful weapon against the common fruit fly.

Place a few tablespoons of water and vinegar in a plastic cup. Stir in some sugar and a little household detergent. The flies will swarm to the mixture. As a result, once they touch the solution, they drown.

A Vinegar trap is a great solution to use around the home wherever you see the offending flies. You may place cups of the killer concoction around your home and next to planters. Very quickly, you will find the problem resolved as the flies get themselves into a pickle.

A Store-Bought Solution

Sometimes you may find the need to purchase a fly trap solution to the problem. Perhaps you have young children, and you feel uncomfortable leaving homemade remedies lying around. Consequently, some handy fly traps exist in the marketplace.

Katchy problem

Katchy manufactures an indoor insect trap that uses UV light to attract the invaders. A small internal fan sucks the blighters into the device, at which point they find themselves trapped on sticky paper. You may replace the sticky paper with ease, so the device will continue to work effectively for a long time.

While the trap will not kill house flies, it is effective on fruit flies, gnats, and mosquitos.

A sticky end

Sticky fly traps remain a tried and tested remedy. Basic Concepts produce a double-sided yellow sticky fly trap that will kill fruit flies. You simply hang the sticky yellow tabs in the affected area and around planters, and the flies find themselves attracted to the yellow surface. The sticky coating traps the flies and kills them.

The product is non-toxic and child friendly and may prove a useful weapon when you consider how to get rid of fruit flies.

How to get rid of fruit flies from your planters

You may have a lot of planters around your home where the fruit flies will thrive. Stingmon makes a sticky fruit fly trap that is designed specifically for placing discreetly in your planters.

The little sticky yellow taps are shaped like birds and have an arrow shape on the bottom that you poke into the soil of the planter. The bright color attracts the insects, and the strong glue stops them from escaping. The fly killer is easy to use and non-toxic. Also, the waterproof nature of the traps ensures their longevity.

Using Nature to Fight Nature

Organic Control is a company that champions the natural, organic solution to pest control. They advocate the use of beneficial insects to control and eliminate unwanted guests. Consequently, the use of these beneficial insects in the home and the garden provide a safe and organic solution to insect infestations without harming the environment.

How to get rid of fruit flies using beneficial nematodes

Organic Control recommends the use of beneficial nematodes to eradicate fruit flies. The nematodes are microscopic in size, and you cannot see them with the naked eye. The nematodes eat the larvae of the fruit fly, and consequently, eradicate the problem at its root.

This safe, organic method of pest control proves particularly useful when you consider how to get rid of fruit flies in containers and planters. You spray the soil with the provided solution, and this releases the nematodes into the soil.

The Last Resort

You can, of course, hire an exterminator to rid you of the problem. However, this is an expensive solution, and you should try the home remedies before you consider hiring the experts.

It is worth noting that exterminators use harmful, toxic chemicals to treat such problems. If you have underlying health issues, this may not prove the best solution for you.

Health Is the Bottom Line

Infestations such as those of the common fruit fly pose serious health problems if left unchecked. By nature, flies pick up bacteria and deposit it wherever they land. This includes your food and preparation surfaces.

Flies find themselves particularly attracted to manure and feces, and then the flies land on your food. Not a very pleasant thought, is it? Such contamination may carry harmful bacteria such as E. Coli, which is dangerous for adults and children alike.

In addition, fruit flies lay their eggs in the fruit. As a result, the fruit flies contaminate the food. No-one wants to eat anything with fly eggs inside it.

Cleanliness and good housekeeping remain at the forefront of the fight against such contamination. Furthermore, when you consider how to get rid of fruit flies, you must also consider the health implications of not dealing with the problem immediately.

A Problem Recurring

If you keep the food storage areas clean and dispose of any rotten vegetables and fruit, then you will reduce the risk of further infestation. However, the problem can reoccur if you do not keep up with such due diligence.

Once you have a problem with fruit flies, it may take anywhere from a few days to a couple of weeks to solve the situation. Not only is it a nuisance, but it also presents a potential health risk. By ensuring that your bins, drains, and food areas remain clean at all times, you dramatically reduce the risk of a fruit fly infestation.

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies Answered

No-one likes to see a cloud of tiny black insects buzzing around your kitchen or planters. The thought of small flies landing on your food remains unpalatable at best. However, should such a problem occur, we now know how to deal with it simply and effectively.

By creating a simple red wine swimming pool, we may trap and drown the flies before they become too much of a problem. Alternatively, use vinegar, water, and sugar in plastic cups to drown the menace. Use proprietary sticky tabs in your planters to kill the flies or consider using an organic solution such as beneficial insects to help you win the fight.

While we may all have to wonder how to get rid of fruit flies at some point in our lives, these simple and easy to follow instructions offer practical solutions. With just a few household ingredients, we may soon claim victory over the flying menace.