Dealing with Fruitflies in the House!


I am usually level headed when it comes to pests but some either scare me or just creep me out. For instance, I am scared of bees and wasps, have been since I was much younger. I have this fear that they will sting me to death. Some may say that is extreme, but even a sting is painful and everyone who has been stung talks of the swelling, pain and more pain. I have seen one such person and the sight stayed with me. Not nice at all *SMH*.

So while some see bees as colorful and cuddly, but I see them as mean stinging machines, and that goes for wasps too. In fact, any big fly that buzzes will get me jumping, running and flapping my arms. I never forget to go easy on perfumes, body lotion or deodorant if I know I’ll be close to nature – like when I'm going to the garden or park.

Another set of pests that get on my nerves are those that come into the house with us. Why can’t they just stay out doors? I will most times chase some of such pests outside by opening a door or window cos I hate the thought of killing them, but if I even think that the pest is capable of transmitting diseases, I will deal with it RUTHLESSLY. Yes, cockroaches, rats, etc get no love from me.

Pests that go in groups or droves also get the same heartless treatment, how else can I get rid of them? Fruitflies, along with ants, fall into this category and I have been dealing with the fruitflies in my house without mercy. For the past few weeks since the weather became colder, they have been bothering us.

We eat a lot of fruit in a bid to be healthy, but what that means is that our trash can is often filled with orange rinds, cantaloupe seeds and back, banana peels, apple cores, etc. These fruitflies now seem to believe they’ve found a new home in the trash can even though it is a covered can.

At a point, they almost took over the kitchen and will graze as far as the living room and bedroom. And my eyes are very sensitive to their movement and so I notice them more. I tried using the pesticide we have but I have to be careful too since these flies are sometimes around food.

So how am I dealing with the fruitflies? What I have found works is that I take out the trash more regularly, sometimes daily and also I set some traps with sugar water or vinegar and the flies will fall in and drown. I’m sorry for them, but I’m more glad they’re not around anymore to bother me.

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