Fruit flies are are small pests, about 3 to 4 mm long. They generally appear to be brown in colour and have reddish eyes. They are usually found in moist areas, near organic materials or stagnant water. They tend to linger in kitchens and hover around garbage, or fruits and vegetables, especially if they are overripe. This is how they derive the name “fruit” fly. Fruit flies are particularly attracted to rotten food items and organic materials, though they have also been known to breed on or near spoiled meat or spills of soda or liquor. They lay eggs on the rotten fruits and vegetables. Once breeding begins they can become really abundant in kitchens and cause quite an annoyance. The following are a few ways to avoid fruit flies overtaking your home:
- Do not keep fruits or vegetables in open spaces
- Identify and dispose rotten materials from kitchen immediately
- Do not leave garbage cans open
- Clean out garbage cans, recycle bins and compost containers often
- Avoid leaving standing water in sinks
- Clean up spills immediately
- Clean up mess in your kitchen area as they occur
When you find these pests in your home, the first step to get rid of fruit flies is to identify where they originate from. Once you deduce the problem (often fruit, garbage or stagnant water), eliminating it will typically get rid of the fruit flies, too. Bacterial disinfectants can help with infested drains. Bleach can also be effective. However the latter may not stay potent long enough to kill fruit flies for good.
But if the situation seems like a fruit fly infestation, it will be difficult to kill fruit flies or to get rid of fruit flies completely using home treatments. A professional pest control company can help you kill fruit flies and get rid of them with an appropriate removal method, for a safe and healthy environment in your house. Contact Magical Pest now for a free phone consultation or give us a call at (905) 738-6676.