Easy Tips for Annoying Fruit Flies

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When it comes to pests, there are plenty of war stories about the fruit fly.  Small, nimble, and incredibly annoying, these critters can come out of nowhere and can cause a whole lot of headaches for you.  Summer is the season when they’re the most active, and so when it comes to these pests, an ounce of prevention is truly worth a pound of cure.  Luckily enough, we have plenty of tips to keep them at bay in our latest blog!

Keep the Kitchen Clean

As a Tri-County Pest Control fan and a regular reader of our blogs, we’re sure that you know by now that dirty spaces attract pests.  If you can smell it, chances are that they can, and believe us, the smell of rotting food smells absolutely delicious to many critters out there, especially fruit flies.  These critters thrive off of rotting fruit, so if you have any type of overripe fruit lying around, be sure to toss it as soon as you can. Bananas and oranges are some of their favorites but believe us that they are not picky in the slightest, so be sure to stay on top of things!  Oh, and do not leave a ripe banana peel sit in the kitchen trash bag—take the trash out to the curb as soon as you can to keep the flies away! 

Drain the Drain

Since fruit flies have the uncanny ability to just pop up whenever there is rotting fruit, many people used to believe that the flies were found in the fruit themselves.  However, modern science and better pest-control techniques have taught us that these flies don’t live in fruit but rather live in drains, giving them prime real estate to sit around and wait for fruit to go bad.

 So, in addition to being on top of your fruit disposal duties, try to clean out your drains every once in a while—about once every two months.  You can either use a commercial product or opt for the traditional vinegar-and-baking-soda approach, but the point is to keep it clean as often as you can!

Wash Your Fruits

While you should be washing your fruits and veggies before eating them, you may be surprised to find out that washing them once you back from the store can aid in preventing the spread of fruit flies.  Since some flies can lay eggs on the surface of fruits, it may behoove you to wash your produce after purchase to prevent infestation—especially if you are coming back from an outdoor farmers’ market. A quick rinse under the tap will be fine for all fruits, but for fruits where you do not eat the peel (bananas, melons, etc.) you can take it a step further and use a little bit of distilled vinegar for a more potent prevention method.  

It’s truly the little things that make the difference.  An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure, so get the best bang for your buck by implementing these small tips to keep fruit flies away!

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  • Dawn Hollett

    Thank you for sharing. I gain a little more knowledge with each issue. Have a great day!

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