Summertime and the Living is Easy for Fruit Flies

Fruit flies are a tiny, gnat like pest that can be a huge nuisance to home owners, particularly, while Fruit Fliestrying to enjoy outside family gatherings. There is nothing that says ick like having guests over and watching them battle over their juicy piece of cantaloupe with a swarm of fruit flies. In this article we discuss fruit fly habits and how to get rid of fruit flies.

Fruit flies are attracted to rotting or fermenting fruits and vegetables, so late summer and fall is an especially welcome time for them. Although their entire life cycle might only last for one week, a fruit fly can easily lay 500 eggs. All that they need to thrive is a moist film of any type of fermenting organic material.  You may find them in any place that boasts these conditions such as; drains, garbage disposals, recycle bins or fruit baskets. They can cause more than aggravation by spreading bacteria and other disease producing pathogens. So, what can YOU do to get rid of fruit flies?

The best method for getting rid of fruit flies is to keep them out in the first place. Use good sanitation to make sure that you do not keep any rotting fruit or veggies out. Consider covering exposed fruit or veggies with one of those cute screen cover made for picnics. Check out if you are having standing water in any of your drains, sinks, tubs, anywhere. There are quick, easy and non toxic drain fly control products that remove any build up of organic matter in your drains to remove the feeding source for the fruit fly.

If you have persistent fruit fly problems, a fly light is a tried and true non toxic method to attract flies away from your fruit and off to their death.  Although the initial investment might seem high, the replacement glue traps are minimal and should keep your home and outdoor living area fly free for many years to come. If you have a food handling business, it is more than worth the initial investment to keep your customers confident in your sanitation.

Fly traps placed near fly bait are also an option, but again, if you don’t locate the food source and breeding site for your fruit fly infestation, the cycle will continue. If you are unsure of where the site is because that area is not easily accessible, you can tape a plastic bag on the drain over night to catch the adults by the morning and confirm your suspicions.

Once you have located the source of attraction and breeding of your fruit flies, a pyrethrum based aerosol spray will happily take care of any remaining adults in your area.  If you follow all of the above tips, you can enjoy the rest of your summer fruit fly free.

Monica Bird (928 Posts)

Monica’s compassion for her customer's struggles with pest control issues and passion for pest control stems from over 10 years in the industry. With a master’s degree in entomology, she uses her knowledge and experience in chemistry, insects and pests to educate her customers.


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