Fruit flies love wine, as we all know. They don’t care if it’s in a glass or not, but they do like to hang out around wine glasses, because they are attracted to the smell of fermented grapes and other fruit smells that occur in wine, such as berries and honey.
So here are 9 ways you can keep those pesky fruit flies out of your wine glass. Theses tips will work at home or in your restaurant or bar and they are cheap and easy! Enjoy your wine free from fruit flies!
1) Buy some fruit flies traps
You can buy a commercial fruit fly trap or make your own using lemon, some dish soap and a plastic cup. Rub some lemon around the rim of a plastic cup then dip it in soapy water.
The lemon will attract them and they will die once they land on it. Check to see if there are any that aren’t dead and repeat until all of them are gone.
2) Remove any leftover food or drink
For one, fruit flies are attracted to food and drink. It’s simple biology: we’re warm-blooded, so they want to come over for a snuggle, drink our juices and reproduce. If you’ve left any leftover juices or remnants from dinner in your glass/container, make sure to wash it out with hot water.
You can also put some vinegar in there to kill any microbes (that you don’t want breeding). For more tips on how to keep fruit flies out of your wine glass in other ways…keep reading!
3) Leave your glass alone
The first thing you need to know about keeping fruit flies out of your wine glass is that you shouldn’t leave it there in the first place. Yes, leaving a wine glass unattended for more than 15 minutes increases your chances of picking up a fruit fly or two.
That said, life is busy and our wine glasses are so enticing that we often need to make exceptions for them. The good news is there are several ways to ensure your glass doesn’t get overrun with those nasty fruit flies in between sips.
4) Get rid of your garbage can
Keeping food garbage out of your home is one of most effective ways to avoid infestation. Without it, you’ll find that fruit flies aren’t able to lay eggs and multiply in your home. If you must have a garbage can, then try to avoid trash with a strong smell, like meat or cheese. Coffee grounds are also repellent to fruit flies.
5) Do you have fruit in the house?
If you want to keep fruit flies out of your wine, make sure you don’t have any in your house first. Depending on how much is left from last time, clean out your kitchen cabinets, refrigerator and pantry of old food.
Then wipe down all surfaces with a bleach water solution (one part bleach and nine parts water) to kill any lingering bugs or eggs that may be stuck to cupboards and walls.
If you still see live fruit flies buzzing around, put bowls of vinegar around your home—the smell is offensive to them and they won’t land near it. This also works well for wineglass fruit fly traps!
6) Smell something? It’s probably fruit flies.
Every time you uncork your favorite bottle of wine, make sure that you’re also doing your best to keep out those pesky fruit flies. It’s not just a matter of having an unwelcome house guest—fruit flies are carriers of bacteria and mold, which they deposit into your glass when they try to drink your wine.
That makes it even more important to know how to keep them out: there are a number of methods you can use to get rid of fruit flies once and for all. Read on for nine tried-and-true tips!
7) Throw out old bread and fruit
Bread can be a breeding ground for fruit flies, especially when it’s wet and moldy. If you have an infestation, start by cleaning up any rotten food or trash that’s been left out. Be sure to throw out old or moldy bread and fruit.
Also, keep your garbage can clean: because of its tight-fitting lid, most fruit flies won’t go near one. Before putting out any fresh food, such as a bunch of grapes on your countertop, make sure to dip them in boiling water—that will kill any eggs they may have laid around their stems. And always empty out bowls containing scraps so they don’t attract pests as well!
8) Clean off your countertop, don’t leave crumbs behind.
Sure, there’s nothing better than kicking back with a glass of wine in front of a TV show, but if you want to make sure that critters don’t mess up your nights, do as much prep work as possible before pouring yourself a drink.
Rinsing off plates and utensils in between uses is one thing that many people forget to do—not only will it help keep fruit flies at bay, but it can help prevent other kinds of infestations as well.
Don’t leave crumbs or spills behind on your countertops either; although we all love an excuse to clean out our cupboards (the horror!), an overflowing pantry or kitchen drawers are a recipe for attracting fruit flies.
9) Are there holes in your bottle? (Try this first!)
If there are any holes or cracks in your wine bottle, you’re going to have a problem. If that’s your problem, do yourself a favor and throw that bottle away! And if you’re afraid of losing any booze (don’t worry, it happens), pour half of it out and drink up.
You won’t want to waste good wine anyway…fruit flies are one thing, but you don’t want to be drinking with bugs. When it comes to wine bottle holes, forget about repairing them – just toss ‘em!
The fruit fly is one of nature’s most annoying creatures. It’s super small and somehow manages to infest your home or restaurant at a moment’s notice. The flies often appear when you least expect them and make themselves at home in your food, beer, wine, and so much more.
As a business owner, you should be especially concerned about these pests as they could make their way into your wine glasses or other beverage containers that end up on customers’ tables.
No one wants to take a sip of wine only to find out there are fruit flies swimming around in it! Thankfully, there are plenty of ways to keep those little guys away from your business and its patrons—and it doesn’t have to be difficult either!