Get rid of Fruit Flies

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Get rid of Fruit Flies

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

The first thing you should do to get rid of fruit flies flying around your home? Clean! The first thing you should do when battling against a fruit fly infestation is to get rid of any overripe fruits or vegetables or fermenting foods on your counter. This will reduce their food source and this will have an immediate impact on their lifecycle. We keep our customers safe from pests through Integrated Pest Management. Working together with us on your personalized IPM solution gives you peace of mind that your family and home will be protected against pest-related health and property threats. Cleaning is a huge part if IPM. 

What causes fruit flies?

Fruit flies hate clean surfaces, so keep your countertops as clean as possible. Keep your sink drains free of food particles too. If you don’t, those spots become the perfect place for fruit flies to feed and breed. 

Female fruit flies lay their eggs on the surface or inside fruit that’s overripe, rotting, or decaying. Each female fly can lay up to 500 eggs at a time, so it’s important to take action quickly. After hatching, the larva feast on their surroundings for a few days, before evolving into fully formed adults. Overall, their life cycle is pretty quick—fruit flies are capable of mating just two days after they reach the adult stage.

How to get rid of fruit flies using a DIY fruit fly trap:

 
  1. Make a trap with apple cider vinegar and plastic wrap.
  2. Trap flies with a paper cone, vinegar, and old fruit.
  3. Drown flies by leaving out a bowl of vinegar and dish soap.

Try a store-bought product

There are insect sprays and repellants you could spritz around your kitchen, as well as sticky fly paper and plastic traps. Try and put your fly trap as close to the most densely populated area as possible.

The ultimate way to get rid of fruit flies

Even though some DIY measures can help reduce a fruit fly infestation, they usually aren’t that effective at eradicating the problem or preventing future infestations. Therefore, if you really want to get rid of these little critters, then you should opt for professional pest control services.

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