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Can Fruit Flies Pose Serious Health Concerns?

July 17, 2018

We’ve all had our fair share of run-ins with the fruit fly. Maybe they’re crashing your summer picnic, or maybe they’ve gotten in through the window and are an annoyance in the kitchen. They hang around you because they like what you’re having for breakfast, lunch, and dinner and they won’t leave you alone. Some people may not think much of fruit flies, but they can actually pose serious health concerns. Every time they set out in search for a meal, they are picking up unhealthy bacteria along the way and spreading it to yours!

fruit fly up close

In recent news, there have been sightings of male fruit flies on traps found on the farmlands of Miami-Dade County. This can become very economically devastating for Florida’s agricultural industry. Miami-Dade alone produces $2 billion in produce. If there are any female fruit flies that have laid eggs it can lead to even more damage to the crops that have already been damaged by Hurricane Irma.

There are over 430 different fruits, vegetables, and other crops that these fruit flies can contaminate.  To help get rid of these flies, farmers are setting out baits at 1 ½ square mile from where the male fruit flies were found. The last time a fruit fly infestation occurred in this area, which was back in 2005, it took six months to eliminate. Homeowners are encouraged to not eat the fruits or vegetables growing in their yard until this problem has been resolved.

As a homeowner, there are things you can do to prevent fruit flies inside your home.

  • Keep your kitchen surfaces clean --even spilled liquids will attract these pests.
  • Take the trash out regularly. Fruit flies eat decaying matter and a trash can is full of the perfect meal items.
  • Keep fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator, especially if you are already seeing fruit flies in your home. 

If you have a problem with fruit flies in your home, call us for a solution today!


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