You can get rid of fruit flies for good.
It's nice to be able to leave a fresh bowl of fruit out on the kitchen counter. But ripe fruit tends to attract fruit flies which seem to appear from nowhere. In reality, you are probably bringing the potential pests in as larvae on the fruit that you buy or even grow.
Adult fruit flies have a very short life span and will probably be die in about a day. However, they do lay eggs on fruit, especially on soft fruit like bananas, peaches, tomatoes, pineapple, berries, and cherry tomatoes. You need to eliminate the breeding grounds, to eliminate the fruit flies or you will have a continuous problem.
|They are ready for slicing and freezing for smoothies|
I keep a large bowl of bananas on my kitchen counter. Sometimes, we forget to eat them, and they get overly ripe. ( I then peel, slice, and freeze them in baggies to use in smoothies or just mash them and use them in baking) Lately, I've noticed that I've been getting invaded with fruit flies. You know, those pesky little flies that swarm around the fruit and then venture out around your kitchen. They have been driving me crazy, and I decided it's war.
Don't think that those little buggers are harmless. Fruit flies multiply quickly, and they actually lay their precious little eggs all over your ripened fruit that you eat, and they can carry disease. I know , gross .
Here are two solutions that I found to help get rid of them
1. one way is to prevent larvae from hatching ;
2. The other is to trap existing flies.
1.When you get home from the store with your fruit, soak your bananas or other fruit in a bowl or tub full of water and 2 TBSP vinegar or liquid soap for about 5 minutes. Rinse well and towel dry. This helps remove any larvae that might already be on your fruit and thus prevent eggs from hatching and producing the adult fruit flies. ( don't buy any cracked or bruised fruit)
2. This next solution traps the ones you already have. I found this amazing little trap on Pinterest.
This is genius. You can read how to make it at The Idea Room
This picture is from The Idea Room which I found on Pinterest
Here are some additional ideas of how you can use up ripe bananas
Oatmeal Raisin Breakfast Cookies ( made with mashed ripe banana, no sugar)
Banana Peanut Butter Spread ( Delicious whipped spread to use on pancakes, crackers, etc.)
Banana Loaf with Coconut Flour ( my favorite- a moist grain free sliceable loaf)
13 Convincing Reasons to Eat Bananas
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