Fruit Flies and Homegrown Sprouts
People often ask how they can stop those pesky fruit flies that fly around their sprouts. Here's a few tips to get rid of them.
About Fruit Flies
- The common fruit fly, Drosophila melanogaster, is a small fly about 1/10th of an inch long. The overall color is brown or tan, with red or black eyes.
- It’s easy to confuse fruit flies and gnats, however gnats live outdoors, not inside the home.
- Fruit flies come inside our homes inside fruits and veggies. The female fruit fly lays her eggs inside fruit, when the eggs hatch, the flies emerge in our kitchens.
- These flies do not arrive with seeds for sprouting or on sprouted seeds.
- Fruit flies like the warm, moist environment of sprouts and wheatgrass and fly around them.
- These insects occur most frequently in the warmer summer months.
- By following a few easy steps, you can eliminate fruit flies in your home.
How to Prevent fruit flies
- Wash the fruits and vegetables you bring home.
- Store fruits and vegetables in the fridge so the fruit fly eggs cannot hatch.
- Lower the temperature of your sprouts, fruit flies like warmer temperatures. It’s a good idea to put your sprouts in the fridge for a few hours a day.
- Point a fan directly at your sprouts. Fruit flies don’t like the air circulation or the cooler temperatures a fan brings.
- Store your mature sprouts in the fridge, keeping the temperature cool will keep the fruit flies away. Rinse and drain your sprouts once a day to keep them hydrated.
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