Fruit Fly Control
How to Prevent Fruit Flies
If you’ve noticed annoying insects hovering around that bowl of fruit on the kitchen
table, chances are you have a fruit fly problem. The usual reaction (to no avail) for
most us is to shoo them away or frantically smash our hands together in the hopes
of killing a few. But as anyone who has experienced a visit from these unwelcomed
quests can tell you, once they arrive at your doorstep, they can be extremely
difficult to get rid of.
As the name suggests, these troublesome insects are attracted to fruit, as well as
vegetables and other moist decaying organic matter, making fruit flies a particular
nuisance, especially during spring and summer. Although fruit flies don’t bite
humans (they actually don’t have any teeth), many people are allergic to the
bacteria they carry, resulting in tiny red bumps on the skin. The good news is that
fruit flies only live for about a month. The bad news, however, is that the females
can lay as many as 500 eggs, quickly creating an infestation that is difficult to
Here are several steps you can take to avoid having your home infected by fruit
flies this spring and summer time.
Keep your living area clean
Fruit flies are attracted to even the tiniest amount of food and moisture. So, the
first step to preventing fruit flies from invading your home is to ensure your living
space is cleaned on a daily basis.
Throw away any rotting or overripe fruit or vegetables
Degrease and clean drains
Rinse out cans and bottles before recycling
Replace your cleaning items
Another important step in keeping fruit flies at bay is to regularly clean or replace
your cleaning items. Many people don’t realize that several of the things we use to
clean our homes can attract fruit flies. Things like sponges, cloths, and mops carry
a high degree of moisture and retain food odours. Frequently swapping out items
will go a long way to stopping an infestation before it ever has a chance to start.
Properly store your food
It is an absolute must to properly store your food to minimize the chance of an
infestation. You will want to use bread boxes, containers or bowls with lids, and
storage bags to effectively seal up all your foodstuff. If the fruit flies can’t get to
your food, they’ll move on to greener pastures.
Don’t forget your trash bins
If you want to keep fruit flies away, it’s a good idea to pay special attention to your
garbage bins. Trash containers—both inside and outside the home—are a major
source for attracting fruit flies that should never be overlooked. And because most
bins contain at least some food residue, you should clean them inside and out at
least once or twice a week.
Preventing a fruit fly infestation may take a little work, but it will be worth it in the
long run. Following these steps will hopefully help you stop these pesky insects
from unexpectedly dropping by. If, by chance, an infestation does occur, it is time
to hire a professional pest control company.
For more information about all our Vancouver pest control services and the
products Solutions Pest Control uses, contact us toll free at 1-855-858-9776.