How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies & Gnats Around the Juice Machine
Female fruit flies can breed approximately 50 eggs per day. So, when you discover a fruit fly infestation in your home, you need to quickly figure out the location of the possible gnat breeding grounds. Fruit flies prefer to lay their eggs in moist, organic liquids. Since a juice machine is usually surrounded by such liquid, a juice machine is an ideal place for gnats to lay their eggs. By cleaning the juice machine, killing the surviving gnats and preventing further infestations, you can maintain a kitchen free of fruit flies.
Take apart the juice machine completely and wash each piece separately. If a piece cannot be washed, spray it with disinfectant. Remove any pieces of fruit or vegetable that are stuck. Reassemble the juicer when it has completely dried.
Use the sponge to scrub the counter around the area where the juice machine is used and sits. Mop the floor if needed. You want to make sure that there are no spills where fruit flies can prosper.
Lure the surviving gnats to a trap. An easy trap to make is the wine trap. Pour wine into a shallow bowl. Place dish soap in the bowl and mix well. Soon, the wine's sweet smell will attract the gnats to the bowl, and the soap will prevent them from flying.
Maintain a cleaning routine for your juicer. Keep your kitchen area clean by always wiping any spills from the juice maker. Clean the juicer thoroughly after each use and wipe the counters down.
- Clean any spills as soon as they happen. Do not let them fester.
- When you are cleaning the juice machine, make sure that it is unplugged.
A graduate of McGill University, Natalia Evdokimova has worked on many publications since 2005, ranging from hyper-local to city-wide print and radio projects. She holds a Bachelor of Arts with a double major in history and international development studies.
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