During the fall there can be an influx of fruit flies due to the harvest season, which makes produce more readily available. That means there are more fruits and vegetables in everyone's home, including apples, peaches, pumpkins, squashes etc..., and more cooking and baking is happening due to the upcoming holidays. If you are seeing fruit flies, most likely they came in on fruits or vegetables that were infested with eggs or larvae before they entered your house.
Some, however, will get inside your home through open doors, windows, or even through screening. If you are someone that processes their own fruits and vegetables, you may experience a heavier population of fruit flies due to fruit flies’ attraction to ripe fruit, and the smell of vinegar and yeasty odors. Similarly, if you have your own garden or fruit trees, overripe produce may become infested with fruit flies where the produce is left to rot. These fruit flies didn’t just “appear” in the fall either, the population has been increasing all summer long, just in time for the harvest season when their population will be at its peak.
Regardless of how they got there, fruit flies are a huge nuisance as they swarm around ripe fruits and vegetables, juice and wine glasses, or sticky countertops. They are not generally a direct threat, however, they can contaminate foods when they feast on them or, worse, breed on the food. And they have the capacity to multiply very rapidly. A few fruit flies can turn into a large infestation seemingly overnight.
As a homeowner, there are some things you can do to help prevent a fruit fly invasion:
- Maintain a clean sink, drain, and garbage disposal system
- Wash dishes on a regular basis
- Keep produce stored in the refrigerator
- Throw out all overripe produce
- Take out the trash regularly
- Keep outdoor trash covered with a tight-fitting lid
Do you want to know the best way to get rid of a fruit fly problem effectively and efficiently? It is with the help of a professional pest control service in your area. Call on the professionals at ChemTec Pest Control, they are highly trained experts that can identify the problem and implement safe and effective solutions to rid your home of all of the fruit flies, including larvae and eggs. Call us for more information at ChemTec Pest Control.