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How to save an apartment from fruit midges in two accounts?

With the start of the harvest season, many are looking for a way to help get rid of fruit midges. These small annoying insects do not cause serious harm, but they can spoil food and nerves. There are many ways to combat these pests: poisonous sprays, traps, a rich arsenal of folk remedies. We will find out how insects get into the house, what to do to prevent their appearance, and how to remove Drosophila in an apartment or private house.

Mashed Puppies

Where do insects come from in the kitchen?

Fruit midge - a small insect of black or brown color, belonging, like indoor moss, to the Diptera squad. These insects feed on plant fruits and rotting plant matter that have begun to deteriorate. On warm summer days, they can appear in the kitchen, planting in a fruit bag or bin. To fight these insects, you need to understand where they come from and how they get into the house.

Types of midges in the apartment

Even the cleanest dwelling is not insured against Drosophila infection. Flies appear from eggs laid by adult insects on the fruit as they ripen. Then the fruits are picked, brought into the house and put into storage, forgetting to wash. Now there is enough heat to begin the process of decay. After that, larvae will emerge from the eggs to feed on the rotting mass and turn into adult flies.

There are other ways of infection:

  • The invasion of flies from the yard through a window or ventilation ducts. This path is especially relevant for private homes. If apple trees or other fruit trees grow in the yard, it is necessary to promptly remove rotting fruits from under them. Otherwise, Drosophila will appear on the rotting remains and fly to housing in search of food.
  • The entry of insects into the house along with contaminated soil. Often the place of emergence of midges becomes flower pots. Especially dangerous is the soil for which fertilizer was used humus.

In order not to encounter the propagation of fruit flies in flower pots, do not use "waste" tea leaves to feed plants. Rotting tea leaves are an attractive medium for the appearance of insects.

Knowing the ways in which midges enter housing, it is easier to organize effective infection prevention.

Kitchen cleaning

Prevention of the appearance of fruit midges

So that a whole swarm of annoying midges does not appear in the apartment, you need to make it as unattractive as possible for insects as a breeding ground. The following measures will help:

  • Destruction of the feed base. The trash can must be tightly closed with a lid and removed in a timely manner. Any fruit that starts to deteriorate should be thrown out without any pity - or removed damaged parts. Preventive measures also include timely cleaning of products from the table, proper storage of flour and cereals (closed containers, timely disposal of spoiled products, etc.).
  • Elimination of water sources. Like other harmful insects, fruit flies need a source of moisture. In its quality, a leaking tap, a dripping pipe joint and even a constantly wet rag for cleaning are suitable. Remove all sources of fluid, and your home will become much less attractive for midges.
  • Maintaining hygiene rules. Fruits and berries brought into the house must be washed before storing to store insect eggs from them. Then the fruits are dried and placed in plastic bags. In addition, important preventive measures are wet cleaning, garbage removal, timely washing of dishes.
  • Overlapping access from the street. All opening windows are covered with mosquito net. Also mesh screens are placed on ventilation vents.

Compliance with these rules will help protect your home from the penetration of fruit flies into the house. If the infection was nevertheless detected, urgent measures must be taken: find the place where the flies are displayed (usually a jar of groats, a bag of rotten fruit or a flower pot) and carefully dispose of the spoiled food along with the flies.

Fruit flies

What are Drosophila dangerous?

Attitudes toward fruit flies range from total neglect to undue fear. For humans, they are practically safe: they do not bite, do not cause allergies. But the appearance of these insects in the house has several harmful consequences:

  • Flies carry on the paws the remains of rotten fruit along with bacteria. Once in food, these bacteria multiply rapidly, leading to spoilage of foods. Rotting food stored in spoiled food can cause food poisoning.
  • The annoying midge, flickering in the face, sitting on the skin, climbing into the eyes and nose, can quickly bring even the most patient person to white heat. Since Drosophila does not feed on blood, a person is not too attracted to these insects. But with a strong infection, the intrusiveness of fruit midges is already becoming a problem.

A fruit fly is a popular subject to study in genetics. Thanks to her, many fundamental laws of nature were discovered. But outside the science lab, this insect does more harm than good.

Despite the relative harmlessness of Drosophila, you should not hesitate to start the fight. The more time passes from the moment of detection of infection, the more hordes of flies will have to fight.

The best household cleaning products to combat midges

The best household cleaning products to combat midges

The chemical industry produces many varieties of insecticides and insect repellents. Some of them can be used to combat Drosophila.

Here are some of the most effective medications:

  • Liquid for the fumigator "Combat". The reservoir with liquid is screwed to the fumigator, then the device is connected to the mains. The fumigant distributes fumes that have an insecticidal effect. In addition to midges, the drug will relieve mosquitoes and flies. The tool acts quickly (the effect is noticeable after an hour), affordable. A bottle of liquid costs about 300 rubles.
  • Trap with sticky inner side "Raptor". The bait solution is supplied with the trap. It is enough to pour a small amount of solution into the trap and put it in the place of accumulation of insects. One trap is enough to effectively protect a room of 10 square meters. m for a month. At the same time, the trap remains clean outside and does not spoil the interior of the kitchen. The price of the kit is about 150 rubles.
  • Aerosol "Dichlorvos". A powerful effective insecticide containing cypermethrin and tetramethrin. In most cases, a single treatment is enough to get rid of Drosophila. However, the product is not safe for health - after spraying and exposure, it is necessary to thoroughly ventilate the room.

Processing a kitchen requires special care so that the insecticide does not get into drinking water or food. Before spraying, put all food in a tightly closed container and hide in a cupboard. Also, flowers, pets are removed from the kitchen, children and elderly family members are not allowed to enter the room during treatment.

Flavor of orange and clove

Folk remedies: cheap and safe

The use of industrial insecticides is justified as a "heavy artillery" - as a last resort for severe infection. In other cases, it is better to use safer folk remedies:

  • A good effect in the fight against Drosophila give odorous products: garlic, cloves, orange peel, vinegar.
  • Indoor plants that emit strong odors, such as geranium, will help.
  • Another helper is tape with an adhesive surface.
  • A good effect is given by a home-made poisoning composition: half a glass of milk, 40 g of sugar, 40 g of black pepper. Saucers with a solution put in places of flies.

Often these funds are enough to deal with a fruit fly.

Midge trap

How to make a trap with your own hands?

You can make an effective trap for fruit midges yourself. At the bottom of a glass jar put a piece of apple, apricot or other sweet bait. A sheet of paper is inserted into the neck, a funnel folded in its bottom should leave a hole with a diameter of 3 mm). Flies will make their way into the bank to the bait, but will not be able to get back.

Getting rid of a brood of fruit flies is quite simple. The main thing is to notice the infection in time and take action quickly. Then the insects can be defeated with the help of home-made traps or folk remedies. And, of course, do not forget about prevention. Throw away rotten fruits in a timely manner, do not forget about cleaning - and Drosophila will not become a problem for your home!

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  1. serge
    10/12/2019 at 06:15 Reply

    I catch them with a pelesos during cleaning

    • Dornod
      12/10/2019 at 10:29

      I also catch them pepelatsom

    • Irina
      10/14/2019 at 10:55

      How do you both catch them?

    • Kote
      10/28/2019 at 00:13

      Pelesos is the wife of the famous football player. A household appliance is called a pulisos.

  2. Marina
    10/12/2019 at 09:41 Reply

    What are the problems with flies? If divorced, turn on the vacuum cleaner and collect them by removing the nozzle from the pipe. Several passages and they are not even if there are boxes with apples or pears in the kitchen.

  3. Lyudmila
    10/13/2019 at 20:48 Reply

    dripping a little vinegar in the bin under the lid

  4. Larisa
    10/14/2019 at 11:48 Reply

    I use traps of my own manufacture. I take a plastic jar from under sour cream or cottage cheese. I make holes in the cover with an awl and put spoiled fruits inside. Flies climb inside, but can not back. A quick way to catch. Then I wash them off with water.

    • Yuri
      10/17/2019 at 12:34

      Larisa, Drosophila hitting a jar with food will not "get out" of it, not because they cannot, but because they don’t want to!

  5. Vasiliy
    10/15/2019 at 10:08 Reply

    I shot them with a rubber band from my underpants, the second week the flights were not noticed.

    • Nadia
      10/17/2019 at 10:10

      Class! I haven’t laughed like that for a long time. Just introduced ...

    • Irina
      10.26.2019 at 22:40

      Ah, ha, ha, class, amused !!! I took 5 matches at school at once, set them on fire and quickly carried them along the surface where the blackbirds sit, they fell in packs from burns. It remained to "sweep")) and now I am processing everything quickly, but I did not have time to distribute it right away)))

    • Kote
      10/28/2019 at 00:47

      Vasily, share your experience, when you shoot flies with an elastic band from your underwear, do you take it out of your underwear? ..

    • Svetlana
      10/31/2019 at 00:05


    • Svetlana
      11/02/2019 at 10:23

      Well done, inventors. Fun entertainment, even introduced herself to this lesson.

    • Shchedromirskaya Oksana
      11/05/2019 at 12:26

      Well, you are a sniper!

  6. Ruslan
    10/15/2019 at 12:39 Reply

    You can leave them some beer in a glass, the next day everyone will be there

    • Phil
      10/16/2019 at 12:33

      How much beer should I leave, or else, am I greedy for a barley drink?)))

    • Pavel
      10/23/2019 at 18:22

      The best option and no chemistry

  7. Anatoly
    10/18/2019 at 23:50 Reply

    Get cockroaches in the house, and the flies will seem friendly and affectionate to you)))

    • Zhora
      10/29/2019 at 10:54

      Can you get bed bugs?

    • Elena
      10/31/2019 at 11:43

      We have both

  8. Igor
    10/19/2019 at 02:21 Reply

    I have a gun that shoots at the expense of carbon dioxide in the spray can and balls from the cartridge. So I pull out the cartridge and shoot at the flies that are sitting with a bunch of gas. They just break them apart. Several shots at the sitting flies and they just disappear. Smart creatures

  9. Olga
    10/19/2019 at 22:16 Reply

    Rubber band from cowards - best of all

    • Valery
      10.21.2019 at 13:51

      A gum from male underpants or from women's should be?

    • Zhora
      10.29.2019 at 10:36

      Are the underwear lace?

    • Zeksel
      10.31.2019 at 07:34

      Worn or clean panties to take?

  10. Maria
    10.21.2019 at 14:52 Reply

    And I sat and ate an apple

  11. Elena
    10/22/2019 at 05:38 Reply

    A rubber band from cowards is more fun - for a long time I didn’t laugh like that ……….

  12. Tatyana
    10/22/2019 at 09:54 Reply

    Useful video! Thanks!

  13. VERA
    10/23/2019 at 08:55 Reply

    Buy adhesive tape for flies or Velcro and the midge will stick to it immediately, the Velcro must be deployed and suspended

  14. Elizabeth
    10.23.2019 at 12:50 Reply

    After reading the article, I came to the conclusion that the most effective and efficient means is not to allow them to even appear clean and once again clean with an elastic band from their underpants, of course it’s fun, but how much can be beaten with flies and the rest of the beer is also a smell and a dirty dish ...

  15. Vera 2
    10.24.2019 at 00:02 Reply

    Everything is much simpler - pour a little liquid into a small container, for example, water with a spoonful of juice or apple cider vinegar, it should smell like acidified fruit (and not just sugar, as the authors say) and literally a drop of dishwashing liquid. Put in places of flies accumulation. Everything! The creatures are just drowning.

  16. grandfather Vladimir
    10.24.2019 at 15:30 Reply

    But I like them and I don’t breed them specially, they eat up for me what I didn’t eat, and in winter they generally sleep somewhere, though instead there appear butterflies that try to climb into groats and suffer different torments, and then from that some children of theirs appear in the grains, like bugs, worms, and the competition begins between the person and them, for who will eat the groats faster. I don’t particularly fight with them, we have enough, and even in winter it’s fun to live with them, because any other outdoor animals at this time of the year is sleeping in the snow and you’ll find and wake it.

    • Yuri Lu
      11/02/2019 at 08:14

      Correctly. One must live in harmony with nature

  17. Lyudmila
    10.24.2019 at 21:12 Reply

    I just remove the music with a vacuum cleaner

  18. Nata
    10.24.2019 at 22:22 Reply

    Ostatki soka v dlinnom stakane vyloviat vsex mushek. Ostanetsia tolko ix smyt vodoj.

  19. Lyudmila
    10.25.2019 at 07:33 Reply

    Odorless dichlorvos is the surest way to kill midges. Spray into air and into flower pots. And prevent rotten foods in the kitchen.

  20. Love
    10.25.2019 at 19:38 Reply

    Spray odorless kitchen window with dichlorvos. Do not wipe the window for even a week. Every morning, collect dead not only flies, but also ordinary flies. Good luck.

    • Agatha
      11/07/2019 at 10:08

      And then collect the leftovers yourself.

  21. And I
    10.26.2019 at 17:13 Reply

    There is a liquid from mosquitoes that will be inserted into the email network, a couple of minutes and no midges !!!

  22. And I
    10.26.2019 at 18:05 Reply


  23. Nelly
    10/28/2019 at 18:14 Reply

    Thanks for the science, otherwise I have been fighting with them all fall)))

  24. Yuri
    10.28.2019 at 18:32 Reply

    Fire is the best tool 😉

  25. Sergey
    10/28/2019 at 19:40 Reply

    Open the door to keep it cold

    • Zhora
      10.29.2019 at 10:36

      And pour them for a sugare, but as they swell, collect them with a broom and in the trash

  26. Tamara
    10.29.2019 at 01:15 Reply

    I fought all fall with these smarties. I had to remove all the bouquets and I adore them, but they also liked the midges. People’s traps turned out to be useless. I'll try the fumigator. Thanks for the advice.

    • Zhora
      10.29.2019 at 10:47

      We must love them just like bouquets .... and arise - HARMONY !!!!!!!!

  27. Euphrosyne
    10.29.2019 at 18:13 Reply

    Euphrosyne. They tortured me all fall, but now I will look at your advice and recommendations and I will act.

  28. Igor
    10.31.2019 at 01:50 Reply

    Agita 10wg. We breed powder with water. It turns out a liquid without color and odorless. Pour into a fixed spray drier. We spray on frequent places of accumulation of insects. After half an hour, we begin to harvest. Newly arrived, crawled, hopping die. Safe for birds, animals and people. The manufacturer gives a guarantee of three months without fleas, flies, cockroaches and these stinkers or whatever. Look for a tool in the vet stores. It seems to have written available.

  29. Tatyana
    10/31/2019 at 01:08 Reply

    Fumigator does not fit, there is an allergy.
    An excellent trap is obtained from any transparent glass, glass or plastic, covered with a transparent film. At the bottom, pour a little juice, something sour-milk, beer - the choice is yours.I don’t advise putting solid waste - flies will quickly begin to breed on them. Punch a hole in the film about 3 mm and leave it in a calm place. Because the hole is small, there will be no smell from the glass. Within a couple of days, the trap will be detected and quickly filled with flies. You can’t leave it for a very long time, because on the walls of the glass, they can begin to multiply - the larvae will crawl. Then we shake off everything in the liquid and pour it out or take it out to the trash.

  30. Yuliya
    10/31/2019 at 11:36 Reply

    Everything is extremely simple - you pour a morsik from any jam into a 0.5 liter jar to a height of about 4-5 cm and drip a bit of dishwashing liquid, mix it. After half a day, all the flies float there - they attract the sweet smell, and due to the soap component the surface tension of the liquid is minimal, when in contact with it, Drosophila instantly drown. No chemistry, sticky traps, vacuum cleaners and other rubbish is needed.

  31. sQ
    11/01/2019 at 09:49 Reply

    Do you know that you can’t pay for traffic fines? More precisely, you can stop receiving them absolutely legally!

  32. Olga
    11/02/2019 at 10:24 Reply

    And it was so fun to read about the flies ... We have tea mushroom, they really loved it this fall, now it seems to have disappeared. I don’t understand, but how are fines and flies connected? The same annoying?

  33. Anna
    11/03/2019 at 02:36 Reply

    And I brought the flies into the apartment with the grapes from Pyaterochka, so they got me, I put the grapes from evil in the refrigerator with the flies, like they didn’t fly there. And some remained in the kitchen and sat on the wall, for they had nothing more to eat. The further fate is unknown to me, but as the grapes ended, there were no flies.

  34. ttttttttttttttt
    11/03/2019 at 17:10 Reply

    They tried to store tomatoes in the dark bath in the fall, as a result, the first fall I do not compete with them in eating. Perhaps it is in the dark — the flies do not seem to fly in the dark.

  35. Rubber car
    11/04/2019 at 14:48 Reply

    When shooting flies with an elastic band from underpants, you can even not take off your underpants and don’t take out the elastic - so you can burst out of laughter !!!

    • Pavellchchuu
      11/04/2019 at 16:00

      Flies heroes

  36. air defense
    11/04/2019 at 17:17 Reply

    And I deployed the C400 ...

    • '
      11/06/2019 at 09:39


  37. Shchedromirskaya Oksana
    11/05/2019 at 12:00 Reply

    I haven’t laughed so long, thanks for the advice! But there is still one grain of truth, everyone disappears from the cold! No matter how many traps you put, if you live in a house and animals in the form of cats climb there, nothing will help! Neither a vacuum cleaner, nor Dichlorvos! The truth about the gum, I thought ... Who would you charge?

  38. Dado
    11/07/2019 at 00:28 Reply

    Cut a regular plastic bottle in half and insert the top into the bottom by turning it over.
    It’s a funnel. Throw apples and rotten fruit, I still splashed a little dry wine, made two of them, put them in different angles in the kitchen, and that’s it.
    A day later, it was black in black from the bottles, well, then only change the “cartridge”. Otherwise, you’ll get rid of horseradish, especially if the private house and the kitchen constantly have a harvest and half a ton of apples. The trap manages with a bang!

    • Alexander
      11/08/2019 at 16:01

      In the same way, my brother got rid of wasps by pouring juice from sour jam

  39. Agatha
    11/07/2019 at 10:52 Reply

    I understood why I don’t have so many this year. Spread geraniums on the windowsills. All forced her. And there were fewer flies, but still no, no, yes they appear in autumn, while we bring and store fruits and tomatoes from the garden.

  40. VLAD
    11/07/2019 at 13:17 Reply

    I pulled a cling film on a jar, made holes of about 3 mm to the bottom, threw a little bit of water into the bottom, generally got there with a dozen flies, satisfied there, smiling, and I was pleased, in the morning I found that there were only 3 pieces left, how they dumped and what I didn’t please them, a riddle?

  41. Andrey
    11/08/2019 at 16:22 Reply

    And I blew the balloon with hydrogen and set it on fire. All the flies tore apart. You can also use a good firecracker.

  42. Sergey
    11/08/2019 at 21:33 Reply

    This year, these flies are not in the kitchen. I thought maybe the weather anomaly affected. The article recalled flower pots. In the early spring of this year, he fought with earthen, flower flies, which are smaller.I stuck the usual matches into the flower pot, head down, at least 5 pieces, watered. A few days later, when sulfur was dissolved in the earth, it was exchanged for others. So a few times. I stopped watering flowers abundantly and I got used to it, now I can water it once a week or less. Result. Earthen flies died and their eggs in the dried land and there are no fruit flies.

  43. Oleh
    11/23/2019 at 22:44 Reply

    When I get teasers, I call friends to play preference, we play all night
    One of the rules of preference says - Smoke more, the enemy is fooling around
    Drazdafilok is no more ...