Julie Patterson is an American owner to use her TikTok account (@julie.patterson0) to share a method that helped eliminate the fruit fly problem in her home.
Julia uses a plug-in device to get rid of fruit flies, saying it’s the only thing that has made a big improvement.
The advice has nearly 50,000 views on the app, where other owners post about their fly battles.
Julie said: “Okay, so if you have a fruit fly problem, just like me, you’re going to want to listen and pay attention to this video.
“I’ve been dealing with an insane amount of fruit flies in my house, like crazy.
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“Now let me say I’ve tried all the hacks, I’ve always put apple cider vinegar with dish soap near the drain and it works. But for the problem I have, it was not effective. They are still there, you still see them.
“I also did the drain thing with baking soda down all the drains in my house. They keep coming back.”
Finally, the owner turned to a device she herself had seen used on TikTok. “I saw so many TikToks on the Zevo Flying Insect Outlet,” she said.
It costs $19.99 (£17) on the brand’s website and can be had on eBay for the region of £32 plus tax to buy from the US. Similar products are sold in the UK, such as the Pest Reach UV Plug-In Insect Killer Home Bug Zapper, priced at £17.99.
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The Zevo Flying Insect Trap “uses light to continuously attract flying insects (house flies, fruit flies, and gnats) and capture them on an adhesive backing that you never have to touch,” says the brand.
Julie continued, “I was a little skeptical, like, are the flies really going to land on the sticky pad? And let me tell you, yes they will.”
She helped the camera to the camera, and it was covered in nearly 100 flies. “So that’s in 48 hours,” she explained. “I’ve replaced it three times and in 48 years it looks like this.
“I’ve been using this over the past week, the fruit flies have gone down a lot. I asked my mother in law to buy one.”
Other TikTok users commented on Julie’s post. One wrote, “I have the same problem! Thanks for the review!”
“It’s like they’ve been getting worse lately with these flies,” said another. “I tried everything but Zevo really works. I haven’t tried the plug-in yet, I bought rn!”
“Omg thanks for that!” said one commenter. However, not all commentators were successful. One said: “I just spent too much money on this and it doesn’t work.”
Another said: ‘I put mine next to the sink where they like to hang out and it doesn’t work! One commenter added: “Not working for me! Ugh.”