Fruit Fly Control - Save Your Fruit Bowl!

Save The Fruit

There’s nothing like picking up a banana out of a fruit bowl, only to be greeted by a flurry of tiny, brown fruit flies. These little pests are mostly just annoying but can also spread bacteria. And yet there they are, sitting on the banana you want to eat. With 400 eggs being laid at a time, quickly responding to fruit fly control is definitely important. Fruit flies can fly as much as six miles in a day, and they can live for several weeks. Pest removal of fruit flies is important for more than just keeping bugs off your fruit. While tiny, fruit flies can carry bacteria that actually leads to fruit decomposing sooner than it would have without the flies. This can be expensive to homeowners who have to continue to throw out their fruit.

Fruit Fly Admission Tickets

Many homeowners associate fruit flies with being messy; however, fruit flies are most often brought in the house by a trip to the store. Fresh fruit that is brought into the house can easily contain fruit fly eggs. This can lead to a week or more of cleaning and scrubbing to make sure the pests move somewhere else. There are some fruit sources that can attract fruit flies more than others and include cherries, apples, tomatoes, figs, pears and bananas. There are also some types of fruit that are actually resistant including:
  • Thick-skinned avocado
  • Oranges
  • Lemons
  • Limes
  • Pomegranate
  • Grapefruit
  • Pineapples
  • Kiwi

Prevention in the Kitchen

A homeowner can have the most thoroughly cleaned kitchen and it may still be compromised by fruit flies. As for the homeowner that is less tidy, it is pretty much a guarantee that he or she will experience a fruit fly infestation at some point. Fruit flies like to feast on fermenting organic matter, which means anything that has generally grown on a tree, vine or from the ground has the potential to be a supermarket for fruit flies. Some of the following tips can help homeowners keep their kitchens fruit fly-free:
  • Place over-ripened fruit in the garbage or compost bin as soon as it is noticed. Fruit flies lay their eggs in organic matter and will quickly spring up if the fruit is left out.
  • Make a habit of removing your garbage can every evening. The garbage provides a great source of half eaten and rotting foods, which can be the perfect environment for a fruit fly farm.
  • Wash the fruit bowl. Some homeowners have a basket or bowl where they keep their fruit and simply replace the produce each time new fruit is purchased. However, even small amounts of decomposing material may remain in the container and should be cleaned regularly.
  • Fix the leaking sink. Fruit flies like to set up camp near a food or water source.
  • Run the garbage disposal. Many times this small task gets overlooked, but it can result in a great source of water and rotting food.
Using anti-bacterial cleansers can also reduce the homeowner’s exposure to fruit fly bacteria. Regularly scrubbing down counter tops, sinks and areas around the garbage will help to keep the fruit flies out of your home.

Too Late

After killing fruit flies for days and days, a homeowner may be faced with the fact it is too late for prevention and now the process is extermination. When a homeowner’s living space is already overwhelmed with fruit flies, the next plan of fruit fly control is preventing the eggs from making things worse. Because a single fruit fly can lay so many eggs at one time, it doesn’t take long before one has turned into way too many. The best fruit fly pest removal options when the flies have already entered a living space is to focus on a thorough cleaning, which may include the disposal of other fresh fruit that has been brought into the home. It can also help to clean fruit as soon as it is brought in from the garden or store with a cleanser specifically designed for cleaning produce.

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