How to get rid of annoying kitchen blackflies
Perhaps, each of us came across small, but rather unpleasant kitchen flies, which fly as if from nowhere and strive to stick around the food forgotten on the table. They multiply very quickly, so the sooner you decide to abandon their society, the better. And how to get rid of black flies in the kitchen, we'll talk further.
Are fruit flies safe?
Fruit midges are small insects of the Drosophil family. They actively reproduce: on average, during its life, the Drosophila female lays at least two hundred eggs, and sometimes their number can reach as much as one and a half thousand. In general, Drosophila alone do not carry any threat in themselves: they do not attack, do not bite, and in general are not interested in man, preferring to eat rotten food, especially fruits and berries, which is why they are called fruit flies.
But the danger lies in the larvae of midges. If such a larva is accidentally swallowed, as a rule, together with food, then there is a risk to get intestinal myases.Drosophila larvae are usually brought into the house for food, clothing, shoes, pet hair, etc. It’s very difficult to see these tiny larvae, so everyone should protect themselves and learn how to get rid of black flies in the kitchen.
How to get rid of midges
Since the midges adore feeding on rotting organic matter, they can be found just at such forgotten and spoiled products: in the trash can, above rotten fruit, a glass of wine (they are not for nothing also called wine midges), stuck in pieces of meat or fish ... In addition, they live in flowerpot plentifully watered, because the hot and humid climate is their favorite environment.
From here follows: in a clean and dry house without uncleaned leftover food, kitchen midges are not found. Therefore, in order to get rid of the black flies in the kitchen and throughout the house, you need to clean your entire home.
General cleaning of the house
- To begin with, we examine the pantry and other places where there may be stocks of vegetables for the winter: if at least one fruit has rotted, then this is an excellent midge feeder, and at the same time a place for laying eggs.Be sure to discard all rotten and rotting fruit - and do it on a regular basis.
- Review your stocks of cereals. They should be kept absolutely dry in cans with good, secure lids. Do not allow moisture to enter the jar, and pour the cereal and check if there are no larvae in it - such cereal must be disposed of immediately.
- Make it a rule not to buy perishable foods if you are not sure that you will eat them soon. All that is not eaten, clean in the fridge. The refrigerator, by the way, needs to be thoroughly cleaned and maintained in such a state that there are no stains and old food pieces.
- Wash the stove: the surface and the inside of the oven, do not forget about the side walls. Do the same with the microwave. You can clean them with steam from the inside: pour 1 tbsp into a suitable glass container / onto a baking tray. l citric acid and pour about 500 ml of water. It remains only to heat the solution at maximum power / to 100 degrees for 10 minutes, and then it is easy to wipe off the grease and other contaminants.
- Carefully clean the kitchen countertops. Remember: even the smallest piece of food caught in the smallest hole can attract the midges and serve them as food.
- Next, check the bread box. It must be washed and dried completely before putting the bread into it again.
- Get rid of the midges in the kitchen will be impossible if you do not follow the cleanliness of the kitchen sink. And we mean not only the surface, but also the drain, which you simply need to regularly clean with a special agent for splitting and removing fat, or with a large amount of soda, used with vinegar.
- The trash bin must be removed and then washed several times with strong disinfectants and allowed to dry. Do not put a garbage bag in a wet bucket!
- To get rid of the midges, you will need to thoroughly clean the floors in the house, not wiping it only in the center, but getting to hard-to-reach places like baseboards and corners, using a brush to penetrate even into small cracks.
- At pets it is necessary to change water in a drinking bowl and to do it regularly. If the animal has not eaten the food, remove the remains to the next time in a special sealed container, but do not let them stand and attract the midges to themselves. If you have fish, change the water in the aquarium more often.
- Check your houseplants for the presence of fruit flies and their larvae. Loosen the soil, remove the fallen leaves.If you find insects, the ground in the pot will have to be completely replaced, and the plant sprinkled with weak manganese solution.
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Another way to get rid of midges is various traps. They do not cancel general cleaning, but are used as an additional way to control the midges.
- The first way to create a blackfly trap: take a jar of half-eaten jam, or put fruit pieces, a little compote or juice in a clean jar. From above, insert a paper cone into this jar, with the pointed end down. At the end of the cone a small hole should be made - through it, kitchen blackflies will be taken into the jar, drawn by the smell of rotting fruit, but they cannot get back.
- The second type of blackfly trap is a glass with a film. You just need to put a bait on the bottom of the glass, then wrap it with cling film and make several small holes on its surface with a fairly thick needle. Fruit flies will climb inside, and they will not be able to get back because of the properties of the film.
Of course, there are a variety of chemicals,allowing you to get rid of fruit flies, for example, various sprays, but they must be used very carefully and only locally, in the fruit dwelling site you found, so as not to spoil the products and not to breathe chemicals.
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