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.

The Basics

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

shake.

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.

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