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How To Prevent Fruit Flies Over The Holidays

December 4, 2014

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Do you have fruit flies? Okay. Calm down. Take a deep breath...

On second thought, don't! You might suck one into your lung! Instead, take a quick minute and read this helpful article about fruit flies and maybe--just maybe--you can have fruit fly-free festivities this holiday season. Wow. Try saying that ten times fast.

Fruit flies are most abundant in the summer and around harvest season, but they stay active all year round thanks to world-wide travel and the warm temperatures in your home. They hitchhike into your home on the fruit you buy and hatch when the conditions are right. Typically, this is when a piece of fruit has been left out on the table or counter for too long. Always refrigerate your fruit until you are ready to eat it.

Fruit flies only live about thirty days but they reproduce like crazy. A single fruit fly can lay hundreds of eggs within her brief lifetime. She will lay those eggs in moist, sweet, fermenting foods, like bananas, tomatoes, apples, grapes, etc. But it is more common for a fruit fly to lay eggs in rotting food masses in your trashcan and drain. Eggs hatch within twenty-four to thirty-six hours and produce maggots which feed on the fruit they were hatched in. That is why a single fruit fly can produce a swarm in a few short days.

There are many bugs and insects for which you'll want to call a pest control company, like Moyer, to seal and protect your home. Fruit flies shouldn't be one of them. Here are a few simple things you can do to be free of fruit flies over the holidays.

  • Stop leaving fruit out.

  • Get a cover for your trashcan.

  • Clean sticky, sweet spills off the counters.

  • Put your dishes in a sink full of soapy water instead of a dry sink.

  • Make a fruit fly jar or two, depending on your level of infestation. Take an empty glass jar, poke several small holes in the lid, then fill the jar with two cups of water, a squirt of dish soap, a tablespoon of sugar, and a couple tablespoons of vinegar.

If you still have fruit flies, give Moyer Indoor | Outdoor a call and have them do an inspection. They can find the breeding site and help you prevent future frustrating fruit fly infestations. Wow. You definitely can't say THAT ten times fast. Anyway, get fruit fly free today!

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