Fruit Fly Prevention Tips
July 20, 2016
Do the words Drosophila melanogaster mean anything to you? No, it's not a deadly disease. It is the scientific name for the fruit fly. Summer is when you're most likely to get these irritating insects inside your home. These are agricultural pests that feed on fruits, vegetables, and fermenting products. When fruit trees drop their fruit to the ground, fruit flies will become abundant. When they do, they are more likely to find their way into your home through an open door or window.
Once inside, fruit flies can multiply quickly. There are a surprising number of food sources available to these flies when they get in your home, and they reproduce faster than you can imagine. Addressing food sources and breeding sites can help you get rid of them.
Fruit flies don't just eat fruit. They can feed on spilled soda, spaghetti sauce stuck to a dirty plate, all sorts of stuff in your trash cans, sugar granules on your pantry shelves, alcohol, and even meats. Here are a few ways you can reduce the food sources fruit flies eat:
Make sure all your trash cans have a sealed cover.
Put dirty dishes in a sink of soapy water until you're ready to wash them.
Keep counters, shelves, floors, and rugs clean.
Put fruit in the fridge, instead of displaying it on a table or counter.
It is also important to address breeding sites. There are many places these pests can hide and breed. Some of them are easy to get to, such as trash cans and sink drains. Others are not so easy, like your wall voids.
Some folks have success reducing fruit flies with a homemade fruit fly trap. There are many ways to make these traps. A simple trap can be made with a clear cup, some Cling Wrap, dish soap, and vinegar. Put a solution of water, dish soap, and vinegar into the cup. Put the Cling Wrap tightly over the top. Then, poke 8 holes in the top with a toothpick. Set the trap in an area where you're seeing a lot of flies and this will work to give you some temporary relief from adult flies.
If your problem persists, it is a good idea to call a pest control professional. This is a resourceful pest that can keep popping up in swarms. At Moyer Pest Control, our team is educated in the removal of fruit fly breeding sites and the conditions that allow these insects to infest. They can also help you with any other pest that is driving you crazy. The best way to live is pest-free. Start today.