There are all sorts of insects that can cause problems in the home and even though some are not harmful or dangerous they can still be unhygienic or just downright annoying. One of the common insects that we see in the home is the fruit fly, and many households have a real problem with these. For those that enjoy indulging in seasonal produce, fruit flies can be a common problem. Despite their minute size, these flies can be a nuisance and can get into food, drinks, and on surfaces.
So, where do these flies come from? Well, as the name suggests these flies are attracted to fruit and vegetables and they can get into your property on these products. They can also gain access to even the tiniest crevices if they detect ripe fruit and vegetables in your home. These flies then lay their eggs on the moist surface of the ripened fruit and vegetables and this can then rapidly result in a full blow infestation in your home. This is why you have to be very careful when it comes to these seasonal products because if you allow them to spoil or let them become too ripe, you could be facing problems with an infestation inside your home.
How you can prevent or tackle this type of infestation
It is important to remember that these flies can detect the presence of extremely ripe or spoilt fruit and vegetables from quite some distance away. This means that they do not already have to be present in your home in order for you to be facing an infestation. Once they smell the ripened and spoilt produce, they will work their way into your house and lay their eggs on the produce.
Fortunately, there are ways in which you can help to prevent and tackle fruit fly infestations. Some of the tips that can help prevent infestations include:
- Don’t leave over-ripe fruit and vegetables to fester: If you have fruit or vegetables that are over-ripe and that you need to dispose of, don’t leave them festering or simply throw them in your kitchen bin. If you have a garbage disposal you can use that or you can compost them or dispose of them outdoors so that they fruit flies do not attempt to come indoors and invade your home
- Keep the compost bin clean: If you use an indoor compost bin, you should make sure you empty and clean it regularly to stop fruit flies from gathering in and around there. Make sure that when you clean it you do so thoroughly as these flies will still be able to detect the smell of the spoilt fruit and vegetables otherwise
- Wash glasses as quickly as you can: If you have had guests around and there are glasses with remnants of drinks in such as fruit juice, avoid leaving them until later on if possible. Instead, get them washed as quickly as you can and dry them so that you do not entice fruit flies to come into your home
- Check the effectiveness of drains: If you use a garbage disposal system, you should make sure that the drains are clean and work efficiently. This is because the flies can also breed inside the drains if there is fruit reside and debris that attracts them, which means that they will then get into your property. In order to loosen any organic debris that may have become stuck, you can pour down boiling water
- Check your preserve jars: Many of us love to enjoy fruit preserve at breakfast time but it is nowhere near as nice if it has attracted fruit flies. You need to check the lids on your preserve jars to ensure they are clean, closed properly, and sealed properly. This means that you won’t have to put up with preserve that has had flies teeming around it.
All of these measures will help to make it easier to prevent the onset of a fruit fly infestation in your home, which can save you a lot of hassle and inconvenience over the long term.
Tackling the infestation
If you already have a fruit fly infestation in your home, there are a number of ways in which you can try to tackle this. Some simple steps that you can take include:
- Using vinegar traps: You can create and use vinegar traps around your home in order to kill off reproducing adult fruit flies. To do this, you simply add a mix of vinegar and a little soap to a bowl and place it in the area where the problem seems to stem. The fruit flies will think that the smell is a fruity one and will jump in accordingly
- Try a bought fruit fly trap: You can also purchase fruit fly traps online or from stores, and these can be effective in getting rid of these flies. This includes traps that are made from ingredients that are natural, which provides added peace of mind for you. All you need to do then is remove the top or seal as per the direction and place them in the areas that are affected
- Contact specialists: If the problem is especially bad and you cannot rid yourself of the infestation using these other methods, you may need to contact a pest control company. They will be able to provide you with advice and treat your home to help clear the infestation as quickly and efficiently as possible
Although these fruit flies do not pose a danger to people, they can cause a huge annoyance and naturally you don’t want them flying around your home landing on everything. These simple steps can help to either prevent an infestation from occurring in the first place or can help to rid your home of them if the infestation has already set in. You can then enjoy relaxing in your home without having to put up with pests.