Fruit fly control is not only important so that the pesky little insects are not swarming in areas of your home and are creating a nuisance. They can present a risk of bacterial contamination. Actually, 100 pathogens have been associated with fruit flies. These include E. Coli, Salmonella and Staphylococcus.
The fruit fly usually lays its eggs on the surface of materials that are fermenting, which can include a variety of items. The fruit fly breeds at an unbelievable rate. Allowing them into your home by having organic items or other items that attract the fly lying around your home, and then allowing them to stay and breed, can result in an enormous fruit-fly population explosion. The following are a few useful tips for avoiding a fruit fly-infestation. If you already have an infestation, use these tips for getting rid of the flies.
Things You'll Need:
- Clean moist sponge
- Drain cleaner
- Fly trap
Tip #1 – Get Rid of Moist Organic Items Left in the Open
It’s relatively easy to avoid fruit flies altogether or to get rid of them. But you'll need to do it as soon as possible. By knowing what exactly attracts them and then eliminating their breeding grounds, you can get rid of a fruit fly infestation. The greatest attractions for fruit flies are moist organic materials such as fruits and vegetables that have begun to decay or ferment. Therefore, make sure that you remove or eliminate decaying organic items from your home as quickly as possible. Also, wipe up spills from your counter or sink such as fruit juice, jam, etc. as soon as possible. These items will draw the flies into your living areas where they will breed if not cleaned up and removed.
Tip #2 – Don’t Leave Moist Household Items Left Out
Fruit flies are attracted to not only decaying organic items, but also to moist items like dish cloths (particularly dirty ones), wet sponges, damp mops or mop buckets with water that has been left in them, etc. Remove these items from areas where they can be exposed to flies.
Tip #3 – Drains or Garbage Disposal as a Breeding Ground
A kitchen drain or garbage disposal can attract fruit flies. Flush your drain occasionally with drain cleaner, white distilled vinegar, or ammonia. This will help keep flies away.
Tip #4 – Moist Trash Problems
Your trash bin could also become a main attraction and breeding ground for fruit flies. Keep your lid on your trash closed tightly and empty it often whenever you have moist, organic items stored in it.
Tip #5 – Purchase a Fly Trap
If you have eliminated food and other sources that could attract the fruit fly, and still you are not able to get rid of the flies, purchase and use a fly trap. Fruit flies are particularly attracted to ultraviolet light. Be sure to buy a trap with more tightly spaced grid wires. A standard fly trap, which works well for regular house flies, does not work for fruit flies which are so small they are able to fly through standard trap grids.