Fruit Flies

Trying to get rid of fruit flies? Read on and discover what they are, where they are and how to get rid of them.

Fruit flies are tiny black flying insects. They can appear in large numbers and fly around the kitchens, dining rooms, and the whole house. Fruit flies usually appear in homes because they’ve found food there. They eat and lay their eggs on rotting and overripe fruits, garbage and other organic materials. They’re attracted to sugary foods and will multiply quickly once they appear.

As I mentioned earlier, flies lay their eggs in organic matter. Your drains are a major source of organic matter that they commonly find. You can fix this problem by dumping boiling water down your drain.

In addition to food, fruit flies may infest your home if you have high humidity levels. They like moisture and warm temperatures.

Are Fruit Flies Dangerous?

At first glance, fruit flies appear to be harmless. They don’t bite or sting, and they aren’t known to transmit any diseases to humans. However, they can sometimes spread bacteria which can be dangerous for your family.
Because they are attracted to decay, they can pick up bacteria from rotting organic matter and bring these bacteria into your house. They’ll contaminate food and cooking surfaces and could make your family sick. Recent studies have shown that fruit flies may even be linked to the transmission of E. coli.

The first, most obvious tip, is to remove rotting fruit from your house. Keep an eye on any fruit sitting on the counter and check for signs of ripeness. If possible, store fruit in the fridge to keep it out of reach of fruit flies. Toss fruit once it has gone bad.

Tips for the Home

  • Keep garbage in containers with lids. This is especially important for organic trash and compost. If fruit flies can get into your garbage, they’ll find plenty of food.
  • Make sure that your indoor and outdoor trash cans have tight lids.
  • Don’t leave food sitting out.
  • Store all food properly during the day and at night, fruit flies are attracted to sugary foods.

If you are struggling to get rid of fruit flies in your home or business, call us at (778) 903-7378 or contact us online to arrange a property inspection or discuss treatments today!

Get Rid of Fruit Flies

If your fruit fly problem persists, it likely requires the services of a pest control professional.

Contact Us

Let us help you with your pest problem.

Not readable? Change text. captcha txt

Start typing and press Enter to search