There is nothing as annoying as small flies moving into the kitchen. It’s not easy to get rid of them, but here are a few smart tips that might help you.
SWARMING FLIES IN THE POT PLANTS
Do you know this scenario? You have just come home with new potted plants or fresh herbs, but it soon turns out that a swarm of small flies has also moved in.
What has happened? And how do you get rid of the flies again?
WATER AND HEAT GIVE THE FLIES LIFE
The combination of heat and water often causes the flies to swarm as soon as we get home with newly purchased plants. The explanation is that there are fly eggs in the soil of the plants that we buy in the supermarket or nursery.
It is usually the small black fly “mourning midge” or the slightly larger clear “banana fly” that moves in with the plants. Both flies lay eggs in moist soil. When the eggs hatch, the larvae begin to gnaw on the roots of the plants, which are their primary food. The larvae are therefore the actual pests, while the adult flies are just annoying to you.
The adult banana flies feed on rotten fruit, food scraps, beer, or red wine dregs.
Selv Even a small drop of juice on the kitchen counter can be a feast for a swarm of banana flies
GET RID OF FLIES IN THE POT PLANT
Even a small drop of juice on the kitchen counter can be a feast for a swarm of banana flies. The first step is to get rid of the little flies by a thorough cleaning of the kitchen. Remember not to leave dirty plates, pots etc. on the kitchen table – wash them off immediately or put them in the dishwasher and keep the door closed.
Next on the checklist is to pour boiling water down the drain, so there are no food residues.
To get rid of the small larvae in the herbs, you can water or spray with insecticide. If you are against the idea of chemicals near your food, you can hang a glue trap in the kitchen. The glue traps are available in an organic version, which you can buy in most supermarkets.
STOP FLIES IN THE HERBS
There is no universal solution when it comes to getting rid of the little flies. Instead, you must try your hand at it.
In addition to the tips above, here is a list of eco-friendly household tips that you can try:
1) Let the soil dry out almost completely between waterings and never overwater. Note that not all herbs tolerate drying out.
2) Cover the soil with coffee grounds.
3) Stick some cloves or a clove of garlic in the soil.
4) Place an orange peel on the ground.
5) Place half a potato on the ground with the white side down and throw it out when the lichens have settled on it.
6) Put the plant in a bag, close it at the top and leave it overnight in the fridge.
7) Pour boiling water down the drains every other day.
You probably won’t get rid of the flies from day to day, but you should succeed in a few days. Good luck.