How To Get Rid Of Fruit Flies In Your Plants
If you’re a houseplant enthusiast, then you know that bugs and pests are just an unfortunate part of the territory. Unfortunately, fruit flies are pretty much inevitable with indoor plant care. While other insects like fungus gnats and spider mites tend to stay in the soil, fruit flies can fly around your home and land on surfaces near your plants–and they’re truly irritating to deal with if you have a large number of plants. Don’t worry, though: I’m here to help! Here are some of the best methods I’ve learned for getting rid of fruit flies in your houseplants.
What Fruit Flies Look Like
Fruit flies are small, greyish-brown flies that can be found in gardens and kitchens. They’re often confused with gnats because of their size, but fruit flies are attracted to rotting fruit, so they are common in gardens and kitchens. Fruit flies can also be found in the houseplants in your home.
Signs of Fruit Fly Infestation in Your Plants
If you notice fruit flies in your plants, it may be because they were attracted to the smell of ripening fruit. Fruit flies lay their eggs in the fruit, so keep this in mind when deciding what to plant near your house. If you’re worried about an infestation, consider planting herbs instead of fruits or vegetables that attract insects such as cucumbers and squash.
Why You Have Fruit Flies In Your Houseplants
Fruit flies are attracted to your houseplants. This is because they like the taste of rotting or overripe fruit and vegetables. Plants with decaying fruit or vegetables will attract them, as well as plants that have ripening fruit or vegetables.
How To Prevent Fruit Flies in Your Plants
If you want to prevent fruit flies in your plants, the best bet is to keep the area around your houseplant clean and free of any fruit or vegetables. Make sure to keep it in a cool, dry place away from any food sources. If pests do appear, be sure to take care of them right away so they don’t multiply into a larger problem!
How To Get Rid Of An Infestation Of Fruit Flies In Your Plants
The simplest and most effective way to get rid of fruit flies is by using a fruit fly trap. This is essentially a piece of fruit or vegetable with some yeast sprinkled on it. The yeast attracts the flies, who then become stuck in the liquid surrounding your bait. Once they’re trapped they can be disposed of easily and safely.
These 10 tricks will help you get rid of fruit flies in your houseplants once and for all.
- Spray a bottle of water at the flies to get them to fly away.
- Place a fly trap near your houseplant.
- Mix one part vinegar with three parts water, then put the resulting solution in a bowl and place it near your plant. The vinegar will attract the fruit flies and drown them while they drink it.
- Mix one part soapy water (dish soap) with three parts water, then put it into a bowl and place it near your houseplant or other area where you have seen fruit flies congregate in large numbers (like around windowsills). The soap bubbles will trap any fruit flies that try to land on them, and they won’t be able to escape before drowning in their own suds!
- Fill up an open container with warm alcohol like everclear; this is effective because fruit flies cannot survive in high concentrations of alcohol compared to humans–so if you fill up an empty glass jar with Everclear (or other strong liquor) for example, then cover about half way full with warm tap water – not boiling hot which could burn off some ethanol but just above room temperature – you’ll kill all those pesky little critters without having any impact on yourself whatsoever! It’s also important not use pure grain alcohol since not only does this type contain higher concentrations than necessary for use as bait/trap but also poses certain dangers associated with ingestion by humans as well..
With careful consideration, you can keep these annoying bugs from ruining your indoor garden.
Fruit flies are attracted to the sweet smell of your plants. To avoid this, you should make sure that your plant has a strong enough odor itself, or at least has some sort of perfume sprayed on it to make it less appealing to the fruit flies. You can also keep fruit flies away by making sure that there is no rotting food in your garden or around it.
I hope that these tips are useful for getting rid of fruit flies in your houseplants. As you can see, there is no need to use harsh chemicals. Fruit flies are beneficial insects that can help control other pests, so it’s best not to use sprays or insecticides unless absolutely necessary!