It’s so irritating to find fruit flies in your kitchen hovering around. No matter how hard you swing that broom or dustpan to make them go away, they will always gather again at the same point in less than a minute. This also applies to gnats as spotting their eggs could be a bit difficult. The difference between these two insects is that gnats are mostly found around your houseplants or bathroom and sink drains while fruit flies are mostly found around the kitchen or garbage area. Here are some ideas to help you get rid and control these insects.
1. Use the glue trap method.
Get a glue trap, of course, made of glue, to nab the fruit flies. It has a distinct smell that tends to attract the flies and gnats towards it. The smell cannot be easily detected and is not harmful. Be sure to hang it where kids will not bump into it as they are very curious and might try licking it.
2. Take out the trash regularly.
Fruit flies like to be around the trash can as it is one of the places where they find their food. It is therefore advised that you take out the trash before going to bed. If this is almost impossible for you, cover the trash can tightly so that no insect will have to be attracted by the smell from the garbage.
3. Dry out your drains.
Do not leave water on your drains either on your kitchen sink or your bathroom drain. Always leave it dry so that no water is left stagnant since it will be laying the ground for gnats especially for the rarely used bathrooms. Clean your kitchen sink well after doing the dishes and unclog from time to time to prevent blockage. You could also pour slightly hot water mixed with lemon and dishwashing soap just to be sure your drains are clean and clear.
4. Observe hygiene.
Apart from the bathroom, the kitchen and dining room are the second places that hygiene should be highly observed. Gnats feed on the remains of whatever we have eaten. To prevent them from raiding your kitchen, get rid of the food remains which fall on the table or on the kitchen floor immediately after you are through with your meal. Those fruit flies cannot stay in a place where there is no food.
5. Do not overwater your houseplants.
When watering your houseplants, you should be keen so as not to give your plant too much water. The water should not be visible or appear flooding at the top of the plant-soil as it can be laying the ground for gnats. Do not, however, be mean to your plant for the sake of saving yourself from the annoying insect. Put a reasonable amount of water on your plant. If the gnats persist, change the soil in the plant pot.
6. Come up with a home remedy for the insects.
You could use food to trap the gnats and fruit flies. One idea is to put some fruits, preferably sweet and rotten in a jar then leave it open. The insects will get attracted and fly into the jar then immediately you can cover the jar and get rid of it. Do not worry about catching one or two insects as they come in groups after a very short time. Sticky fruits will be effective so that the flies do not escape.
7. Store your food well.
The manner in which we store food could also be one of the causes of infestation in our house. The best thing to do is store food in clean containers and have them sealed airtight. You could store some fruits in the fridge for those that can survive in there. Ensure that you check for any holes or defects in the fruit before storing and be keen on the fruits that ripen very quickly.
8. Use insecticides.
If the gnat and fruit fly problem persists, you can go for an insecticide. Seek professional help and guidance on how and when to administer the insecticide. Also, get to know which one can be harmful to you so that you can keep off. Insecticides help in getting rid of the flies much quicker. It is also a good idea to use insecticides in cases that cannot be controlled by natural remedies.
9. Avoid spillage of sugary stuff.
Sometimes you might be in a hurry to get to work and spill some coffee while running around. It is better to take a minute and wipe away that spillage because it will become sticky after some time and attract a whole army of gnats that fly above the mess which may take almost forever to get rid of after that. Do not to leave sugar or empty bottles of soda out in the open as well.
10. Do not leave your window open for too long.
From time to time, you need a breath of fresh air and have to open up your windows. This is a chance that you give to the gnats to fly in and cause damage to the house. You could decide on closing your windows and not opening them often or if you really need to keep them open, you could think of having one of those fly stoppers on your window.
Stressing too much over gnats and fruit flies will ruin your day for nothing. Have a look at one or two tips that might kick-start your journey to a clean and insect free environment. Above all, observe cleanliness and inspect your home from time to time as you do your general cleaning. The gnats and fruit flies might carry germs to your food which may result in health complications no matter how minor. In very severe cases, seek professional help.
Often times we find ourselves with a lot of foodstuffs after grocery shopping with nowhere to place them after the fridge seems full. It might not be necessarily full. Maybe it’s just how you arrange stuff in your fridge. Here are some very easy hacks to keep your fridge organized.
Use containers to keep food in place.
Placing food anyhow is one of the greatest mistakes that you can do as it will consume a lot of space in your fridge. It may also be a bit unhygienic and some food wrappers may cause the food to go bad after a short period of time. Try putting common items in one container and place them at a common place as a great way of keeping your fridge organized.
Label the containers.
To avoid confusion or instances where you have to uncover the container every time you want to prepare something just to make sure it’s the right thing you want, ensure you label your food. This is usually due to the frost in the fridge that makes the container look a bit blur making it difficult to see through it. You can also arrange them in order of what you frequently eat.
Cover your fridge shelves.
If you are always in a hurry and find it time-consuming cleaning your fridge, you can always cover the shelves with a wrapping paper so that when something spills, you just peel off the wrap and you are good to go. Make sure to wrap it again after removing the dirty one.
Get an arranging system.
As funny as it may sound, it makes perfect sense to put the meat stuff on the bottom shelve of the fridge while the veggies are on the top shelf. This will avoid the fluid dripping from the meat to spill on the rest of the food making you go through double the trouble of cleaning it.
Come up with a menu.
Getting to know what food you are cooking first will also help in arranging the fridge. You can arrange the food according to your meal plan so as to avoid going through the well placed and organized stuff again then having to start from scratch as you re-organize.
Avoid placing liquids in the fridge door.
For the sake of kid’s safety, store things in the fridge the right way. Avoid placing milk jars and beer bottles on the door side as this may cause breakage when the kids are opening the fridge vigorously. Try and get a bottle stopper and just place them on the normal fridge shelf with the stopper in place. This will also keep all fridge items safe and protect your kids or pets from harm as well.
Keep a stock of whatever is in the fridge.
Once you organize your fridge, it is really important that you get to know what you placed there and when you placed it so that you can avoid other foods from overstaying. When you go for grocery shopping, you can place the old stock in front and the new at the back so that nothing goes bad.
Ensure air circulation.
Do not stuff food in the fridge or rather do not overstock the fridge. Space the food well inside the fridge so that the air may flow through them to keep them cool. This will avoid food from going bad when inside the fridge from lack of being chilled. You can also slice fresh lemon pieces and place them in every corner of the fridge. This keeps bad odor away and the fridge will always remain fresh.
Store food whole.
If you are not consuming food at that minute, it is best that you do not slice it as it has a higher chance of going bad faster than whole food. For vegetables that are already sliced, you can chop them up and store them in mason jars inside the fridge. This will avoid wastage of food.
Take out anything you do not need.
At times you find empty milk bottles and meat wrappers that just stay in the fridge for no apparent reason. This makes the fridge appear so messy and disorganized. Have time to remove all those unwanted things in the fridge. If you no longer have any stock, the best thing to do is clean your fridge thoroughly and let it stay fresh ready for new stock.
Classify your food.
Please note that some foods when placed together may cause harm to your body. Putting meat and vegetables together, for instance, is a bad idea. They can release toxic substances that will make them go bad and can be very dangerous when consumed.
Containers work in the freezer too.
The freezer has a lower temperature than the fridge. This is to make sure that food stays frozen in there. You can imagine placing meat in their wrappers on top of each other. The wrappers will attach to each other making it very difficult to get one wrapped meat. The best way to store food in the freezer is just the same as the fridge and that is keeping them in containers.
Know what should and shouldn’t be in the fridge.
There are some foodstuffs that if placed in the fridge would go bad. They have a longer lifespan outside the fridge than inside. Things like potatoes, onions, and bananas are better off kept elsewhere other than in the fridge. If you need to store eggs in the fridge, get a good egg tray that will fit and place your eggs on the tray inside the fridge. Although eggs don’t need to be in the fridge to survive.
Position your fridge well.
Your fridge should not be very close to the wall or touching the wall. What happens is that when you place it touching the wall, the gas cylinder at the back of the fridge tends to lose gas fast. When that happens, your fridge will not be able to cool or freeze food.
With the above tips, keeping your fridge organized shouldnt be difficult and you wouldn’t have to rummage through for hours when you are looking for something.