The Best Defense Against Fruit Flies — Tips from The Kitchn

Fruit flies are a fact of life — especially come summer, when fresh produce is abundant and also spoils faster on your countertop. It’s almost inevitable that you’ll find a few buzzing around your kitchen. They’ll eat anything that’s remotely spoiled, can sneak in through open doors or the tiny holes in your window screens, and multiply swiftly.

“Fruit flies have a quick gestation period,” says Scot Hodges, director of professional development for technical services at Arrow Exterminators. “It only takes them 12 to 15 hours to lay eggs, then just a week for those eggs to turn into adults, so you can develop a problem really quickly.” Great.

Don’t panic just yet. Here’s what you need to do.

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