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Fruit Fly Exterminator – Does Fruit Have Flies?

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Fruit Fly Exterminators Can Help With Fruit Flies

In the science world, they’re known as Drosophila, but in the kitchen you know them as annoying black specs that fly around your face and aggravate the heck out of you. Our customer Kate from Buffalo was sitting down to enjoy a banana after her morning workout when more than a dozen annoying fruit flies swarmed her fruit. She ended up looking for a fruit fly exterminator and found EnviroPest. It’s not something to be ashamed of—it happens to the best of us. These little buggers seem to come from nowhere and are almost impossible to get rid of. Fruit flies live for only 8-10 days but the females can lay upwards of 500 eggs at a time! This seems to be a pretty rapid growth cycle, no? But take heart. All hope is not lost.

What’s the only pest that loves fruit more than you do? FRUIT FLIES

Where Do Fruit Flies Come From – Ask Your Fruit Fly Exterminator?

Fruit Flies Follow Fermenting Fruit

Fruit flies include a number of small flies in the family Drosophilidae, such as the species Drosophila melanogaster (the common fruit fly) and Drosophila suzukii (the Asian fruit fly). These insects are very small (about two millimeters long) and vary in color from yellow to brown to black.

Fruit flies are built to find fermenting fruit. Through small, they can detect the smell of ripe fruits and vegetables from a good distance away. If there’s a bowl of fruit on your kitchen counter, there’s probably a fruit fly or two looking for a way into your home to get to it. Because these insects are so tiny, they can get in through window screens or crevices around windows or doors. Once inside, they reproduce. Before you know it, you’ve got yourself a full-fledged fruit fly infestation.

Sometimes, fruit flies hitch a ride into your home on fruits or vegetables. Fruit flies lay eggs on the skin of very ripe or fermenting fruit. Those bananas you brought home from the grocery store may already harbor a new generation of fruit flies. If you let your tomatoes over ripen on the vine before picking them, you may be harvesting fruit fly eggs along with your crop. Unrefrigerated fruit, whether it’s on display in the grocery store, still in the garden, or sitting in a bowl on your kitchen table, may also attract fruit flies.

A Few Fruit Flies Quickly Become an Infestation

Fruit flies have notoriously fast life cycles; they can go from egg to adult in just eight days. That means one overly ripe tomato left unused on your counter can give rise to a small fruit fly swarm within a week. Fruit flies are also known for their persistence once indoors. Although a female fruit fly adult will only live about a month at best, in that short time she can lay 500 eggs. The insects don’t even need fruit to keep reproducing. Fruit flies can breed in the slime layer inside slow-draining plumbing, or on an old, sour mop or sponge. This is why even if you get rid of all your fruit, you can still find your home infested with fruit flies.

Fruit Fly Fighters Are Fruit Fly Exterminators

Your first step in combating a fruit fly problem is to rid your counters of all fruit products. Put the produce in the fridge, and clean the counter surfaces well. Fruit flies lay eggs on the outside of fruit and in drains, empty bottles and garbage disposals. Even when you remove the fruit, the larva may still lurk in the corners of your kitchen. Sadly, in order to be fruit fly-free, you need to kill all the adult flies. The most effective way is to have a professional evaluate your problem and devise a foolproof plan—with a guarantee—to rid your house of these pests.

DISCLAIMER: No fruit flies were harmed in the writing of this blog!

That said; if you have a fruit fly problem or want to avoid a potential problem, follow these tips:

  1. Clean fruit once it comes home from the store and store it in your refrigerator
  2. Don’t dispose of food garbage in a basket that sits inside your home
  3. Clean your dishwasher disposal by rinsing bleach through it.
  4. Discard all overripe fruit; rotting fruit an open invitation to fruit flies!
  5. Clean open containers and any soda and vinegar product containers

If your efforts to rectify fruit fly problems on your own aren’t sufficient and those pesky little flies are still around your kitchen, give us a call.  We are the fruit fly exterminator and We’ll be happy to assist you in your pest control needs.

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If you discover fruit flies, ants, bees, mice or other pest in your home, contact EnviroPest for immediate relief. Our certified team is educated in the most advanced pest control protocols and equipped with the state-of-the-art resources necessary for complete eradication of these pests.  You can also sign up online or call. We’re the exterminators NY trusts and we look forward to discussing your issue.