Increase in fruit flies causing problems for home owners

Published: Oct. 24, 2018 at 5:21 PM EDT
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If you're having problems with fruit flies in your home, you're not alone. Rocking R Ace Hardware in Harrisonburg says they've seen an increase in people trying to find ways to get rid of them.

The wet weather was the perfect environment for fruit flies to multiply, and many people have had problems with them coming up through pipes and entering their homes.

Keeping food in the fridge or in tightly sealed containers can help get rid of those pesky bugs, but that can also keep them from wanting to come in your home in the first place.

"Anything that's left sitting around, even just in your house, they're attracted to it and somehow they have ways of getting in," said Dorothy Martin, with the lawn and garden center at Rocking R Ace Hardware.

Some tips to get rid of them? You can put red wine, sugar water with soap, or apple cider vinegar in a container. Cover it with saran wrap, and poke small holes in it, so the fruit flies attracted to those solutions can't escape.