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Learn How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

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When it comes to pest problems, there are few that are as unique as fruit fly infestations. These flies appear as if by magic, grow their populations over the course of a few short days, and seem to be unstoppable. But there’s nothing magical about fruit flies – as the way they build their colonies and get inside your home are both straightforward.

How Fruit Flies Get Inside

There are many ways a fruit fly can get into a home, especially here in South Florida where we produce a lot of fruit. Many homeowners even grow fruit in their yards. This lures fruit flies in close enough to explore exterior walls for entry points.

Here are a few common ways these tiny pests will infiltrate your Florida home:

  • Since fruit flies can fly, the easiest way for them to get in is right through your front door. If you leave your door open when you carry in groceries or have kids going in and out all the time, it’s easy for these flies to get inside.
  • Fruit flies are small. All it takes is the tiniest tear in a screen for a fruit fly to find its way into a home.
  • Even a home that’s completely sealed can find itself plagued with a fruit fly problem. A common way these pests get in is by riding in on fruit – not as flies, but as eggs hidden inside. As fruit ripens, eggs hatch and flies are produced.

Often, a fruit fly infestation starts after eggs have been laid in a home. This is how it can seem like fruit flies are reproducing like crazy. So, if you had three flies yesterday, and a dozen flies today, it isn't because those are the babies of the flies you saw yesterday: Those are new flies hatching from breeding sites.

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Now that we've demystified the appearance of fruit flies, let's get to the business of getting rid of them:

  • Fruit flies are a problem that can sometimes be solved by a homeowner. It requires a search for rotting organic matter like fruit, meat, or vegetables. That’s probably where the flies are living, so remove it quickly. When you make it impossible for fruit flies to breed in your home, your infestation should go away.
  • Sometimes it can be hard to figure out where these insects are breeding. Breeding sites can seem just as elusive as the way these pests get in your home. If you continue to get fruit fly infestations, it’s a good idea to call a professional to examine your problem. A professional pest control technician will be able to assess the breeding locations in your home and provide targeted pest control services.
  • A vacuum with a bag is helpful for an immediate reduction of flies in your home. Just remember to put the bag outside after you're done sucking up all those tiny little pests. You don't want any of them finding their way back out of that bag. All it takes is one fly to start the cycle of infestation all over again.
  • Fruit flies are drawn to decaying fruit. For this reason, it’s sometimes helpful to put out a trap of vinegar and soap to lure them in and kill them. But be sure that you don't provide an open source of vinegar, however. If you do, you could make your fruit fly infestation worse by an order of magnitude.

While fruit flies may not seem like a pest problem that requires a professional to solve, it can be an ongoing frustration when DIY solutions are falling short. If you want a fast resolution to your fruit fly problem, let the knowledgeable and friendly pest professionals here at Nozzle Nolen take care of those flies. You'll get a complete solution that will not only ward off fruit flies now but will also help prevent them from returning.

There is nothing magical about fruit flies. Stop fruit fly infestations quickly and completely, with a little help from us. Schedule an inspection today.

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