Getting Rid of Fruit Flies
July 19, 2017
Fruit flies are tiny, with adults measuring between 3 and 4 mm long. They are a brown or tan and may have red or dark eyes. Fruit flies are active year round in homes, eating fermenting products and ripened fruit and vegetables. Once in your home, they are difficult to get rid of as they reproduce quickly and have access to multiple sources of food and water.
Are Fruit Flies Dangerous?
Fruit flies do not bite, but they have the potential to carry and transmit diseases, viruses, and bacteria to humans. Because fruit flies eat rotting and fermenting foods, everything they touch is then exposed to those unhealthy conditions. If you consume food off silverware, glasses, or plates a fruit fly has touched, you could get sick, and the bacteria they introduce can spread to other areas of your home.
How Do You Know if You Have Fruit Flies?
A fruit fly infestation has two visible signs: you may actually see the adult fruit flies flying around the garbage can, fruit bowl, or soda and alcohol bottles; or you may find the pupae where the mature larvae have crawled out of their breeding material to pupate in a nearby location.
What to Do About Fruit Flies in Your House
First, remove any over ripe fruit and vegetables and dispose of them properly. Fruit flies often lay their eggs in rotten fruit and vegetables. If you bring more fruit and vegetables into the house while trying to get rid of fruit flies, store them in the refrigerator until you have the fruit fly infestation under control or you will simply continue to provide the flies with organic material to breed and feed on. Fruit flies are also attracted to anything sugary and liquid since they do not have teeth.
Wipe your counters regularly, keep the trash emptied, and clean spills as soon as they happen to minimize fruit fly infestation growth. If you have no fruit or vegetable matter on counters and your garbage and recycling is clean yet you still have fruit flies – they may be using your drains to breed. If you think the infestation is in your drains, use bleach to wipe them out and help remove accumulated food matter from the drain itself. You can also use fruit fly traps to help remove some of the adults that are flying around, although the traps will not eliminate an ongoing infestation and you will still need to take other measures to fully eliminate the flies from your home.
Call for Fruit Fly Control Services
If the above measures have not relieved your home of the fruit fly infestation, give Nozzle Nolen a call. We have experience eliminating fruit flies and other nuisance pests from homes and can save you time and aggravation in trying to get rid of the fruit flies living in your kitchen. To learn more about our effective strategies for fruit fly control, simply contact us today.
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