Fruit Fly Identification
Fruit flies are a type of pest that is most abundant in the fall during harvest season after building their numbers all summer long. Fruit flies are avid breeders and will multiply very rapidly once they find a desired ‘stomping ground’. They feed on and lay their eggs in decaying or fermenting fruits and vegetables whenever and wherever they find them. Unfortunately, these pests are not seasonal; and, therefore, they are not just a problem in the fall for homeowners, restaurants, grocery stores, and food processing facilities. Fruit flies even survive quite well inside during the winter months!
Fruit flies are a very small species of fly with the adults only being about 1/8th of an inch in length. They can be brown, tan, or black in color and some have distinctive red eyes while others can have darker colored eyes.
Dangers Associated With Fruit Flies
Although not a direct threat, they do not bite or sting, fruit flies can contaminate fruit and vegetables left on the countertops by feeding on and breeding in them.
Fruit Fly Prevention
There are many ways that you can prevent fruit flies from taking over your home, kitchen, and pantry areas. Fruit fly prevention tips include:
- Caulk gaps found around exterior windows and doors
- Make sure that screens found in windows and doors are completely intact.
- Keep produce in the refrigerator instead of on your kitchen counters or tables.
- Use up or discard overripe fruits and vegetables.
- Wash dishes on a regular basis; don’t leave dirty dishes in your sink overnight.
- Regularly remove garbage from your home, and if you must keep it on premises, place it in an outside container with a tight fitting lid until garbage pick-up day.
- Fix any leaky faucets or pipes found in your home.
- Keep your drains clean and free from food particles.
The fastest and most effective way to get rid of a fruit fly problem in your home is to contact a professional pest control expert. The pros at ChemTec have the experience and training necessary to identify the source of your fruit fly infestation, and then provide safe and effective solutions to eliminate them.
At ChemTec Pest Control we can eliminate and control fruit flies in your home through our year-round home pest control programs which include natural and organic solutions. We have been serving the residents of New Jersey with quality pest control since 1931. Our pest control technicians are highly trained, experienced, and certified professionals and use the latest products and technologies to deliver safe, effective pest control for you and your family. For more information about how we can get rid of fruit flies or other pest issues you may have in your home contact us today!
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