While fresh fruit is a welcome addition to anyone’s kitchen, those horrible little fruit flies that sometimes hitch a ride on your bananas? Not so much. If you’re at a loss as to how to get rid of those darn, diminutive things, you’re not alone — but getting rid of fruit flies can be a little tricky. After all, as long as humans have been noshing on fruit, we’ve been dealing with fruit flies, and hacks for getting those things out of the kitchen can be downright creative, and even, at times, kinda weird. But weird is OK as long as the hack works, right?
Fruit flies, also called vinegar flies, can lay up to 500 eggs on the surface of your fresh produce, according to Real Simple, and Apartment Therapy notes that as soon as you eliminate one crew of fruit flies, the next is up-and-coming — because those critters proliferate at a pretty alarming rate. Real Simple further notes that the life cycle of a fruit fly is fast; once a female lays her eggs, they hatch within 24 hours, and it takes less than two weeks for baby flies to reach full adulthood. The lifespan for an adult fruit fly is also about two weeks. In addition to laying eggs on your ever-ripening bananas, female fruit flies lay their eggs in garbage bins, drains, and those empty cans and bottles you’ve got set out for recycling, so in order to get those guys out of your kitchen, you need a multi-pronged approach. Check out these seven simple ways to keep fruit flies out of your apartment this summer.