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How To Control Fruit Flies

Fruit flies are a common household nuisance, especially in kitchens and other areas where food is stored. As apparent by their name, “fruit” flies have a special place in their hearts for fruit. Rotten or fermented fruits and vegetables happen to be the go-to favorite for this type of fly. However aside from fruit, fruit flies also like to hang around drains, garbage disposals and cans or wherever there is food or filth.

The fruit fly is typically smaller than the house fly, spanning about an 1/8-inch in length including the wings. The most distinguishing feature of the fruit fly has to be it’s bright and bugged out red eyes. Another feature which makes the fly stand out is its tan thorax. Their abdomen is gray underneath and black on top. To the naked eye, fruit flies appear to be colored brown or tan. Fruit flies are active all year but are abundant in the summer time where they fly around and feed on ripened fruits and vegetables.

Fruit flies can be relatively hard to get rid of once they have entered your home and they have the potential to spoil foods more quickly through laying eggs on the item. No matter the case, fruit flies like to make themselves at home in any kitchen and will not easily leave as much as we would like them to.

If you have a fruit fly infestation in your home, you have options that are proven to eliminate them completely and Solutions Pest and Lawn can help you through our offerings of professional-grade products and easy-to-follow techniques.

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fruit fly trapHow To Get Rid of Fruit Flies: 4 Step Solution

Eliminating fruit flies from your home doesn’t have to be complicated. The best way to tackle a fruit fly problem is a combination of preventative measures which includes sanitation and exclusion along with high-quality fly killing products which Solutions Pest & Lawn offers. Here are four easy steps you can follow to be fly free in no time. For maximum effectiveness, follow these steps in order.


Step 1: Fruit fly control starts with identification. There are many different species of flies with different appearances and tendencies so it's important to pinpoint which fly you have. Fruit flies are very small, about an 1/8th of an inch long. They are commonly tan in color and have unique bright red eyes. Use these traits to help you ID the pest. They can also be pinpointed from the fruit they hang around.

Step 2
: Inspecting your home for fruit flies can be quite easy because fruit flies usually hover around rotting fruit and trash. The most important step to get rid of these pesky flies is performing a thorough cleanup of your home. Doing so will eliminate the breeding and food source within the home that is attracting fruit flies to begin with.  This usually may be garbage that hasn’t been thrown away, rotting fruit or vegetables in the home or any other attractive item. By simply tossing the offending item and sanitizing your living space, flies will no longer have the desire to be in your home and will go elsewhere. A great product you can use to eliminate flies is Forid Drain Gel Cleaner which you can pour in your sinks, drains and garbage disposals to clean up the organic matter that attracts flies.

Step 3
: Control. There are a variety of products you can use to eliminate flies. For the quickest results, we recommend using a combination of fly lights (Mantis Fly lights), glue traps (960 Vector Fruit Fly Trap) and fly baits. Traps and lights work well since they are a flying insect and are constantly on the move so it’s hard to get a contact kill. The traps we carry contain pheromones which will lure the insect towards it and once caught in the glue they can be easily disposed of.  You can also use a general aerosol insecticide spray like Novacide or fogger spray like Pyrid Aerosol. These sprays kill flies on contact and are a good choice if there’s a lot of fly activity in your home and you want to remove them quickly. If you do use a spray or fogger, you may be required to vacate the room after treatment and ventilate the area before reentering.  What you choose depends on your personal preference and other circumstances of your living space. You can, of course, contact us if you want more detailed advice or recommendations.

Step 4
: Prevention. Once the flies have been eliminated from your home, your work isn’t finished yet, in fact this step is an ongoing process. It takes diligent and consistent work to keep flies away from your home. This means cleaning up regularly, not letting foods spoil, discarding garbage from your home and changing garbage bags regularly along with exclusion measures such as sealing gaps and holes and any other points of entry into the home with caulk.

Follow these steps and you will be free from fruit flies in no time. 

Gfruit fly invading fruitET RID OF FRUIT FLIES

Fruit fly problems are common in homes as well as in commercial food establishments, such as restaurants and cafeterias. Killing fruit flies and preventing future appearances is achieved by eliminating breeding sources as well as applying pest control chemicals. The presence of fruit flies indicates moisture and fermenting matter. Eggs are only laid where both of these criteria exist, and usually are relatively easy to identify as a source due to the adult fly activity.

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Common areas for infestations include drains in sinks, and floor drains in commercial places, as well as under appliances that tend to have residual moisture. Food can also accumulate in cracks, and under broken floor tiles, and attract fruit flies once they begin to break down. Cleaning is the first step in an effective plan for control, as well as trying for any moisture can dry out. Depending on the location this may not always be practical, but it is an important step in overall, long term control. Clean interiors of drains with special kits designed to easily access a floor drain, and clean under appliances and other stationery objects.

Insecticides for fruit fly control can be purchased separately, or in a convenient kit. Aerosol sprays are used to provide a fast knockdown, and can be used in kitchens and baths to treat infested areas and equipment. PT 565 plus XLO is an aerosol with the active ingredient natural pyrethrin, which will kill fast but does not leave a lasting residual. Next, an insect growth regulator, such as Gentrol, is used in conjunction to ensure any developing larvae are also eliminated. The Gentrol has Methoprene as an active ingredient, and this provides a 2-3 month lasting residual.

Vector Fruit Fly Traps and Bio Drain Gel are also included in our control kits, and are used to assist in the effective elimination and treatment process. Continued maintenance and cleaning is important, and use of the drain cleaners is found to eliminate many common occurrences.

Utilizing all of the tools and treatments above will get you on the right path to a fruit fly free kitchen and home! Eliminate and prevent fruit flies today with Solutions Pest & Lawn !  We know how to get rid of Fruit Flies, like the pros.


Learn More About the Fruit Flyfruit fly close up

Fruit flies are a common problem encountered in restaurants, homes, warehouse facilities and food storage or processing plants, as well as grocery stores, wine cellars and anywhere else food is left out in the open and beginning to rot. Adult fruit flies usually have red eyes and range between 3 to 4 mm long. Fruit flies are often colored is tan or brown on their front ends, while the back side is darker colored.


Fruit fly larvae are extremely tiny (often between 1/10 to ⅕ of an inch long), a grimy whitish color, and are shaped like maggots. Fruit fly larva can often be seen on rotting or fermented fruit since this is the prime place where adult fruit flies have laid their eggs.


Fruit Fly Life Cycle

Fruit flies are exceptionally quick when it comes to breeding. The female fruit fly has the ability to lay about an average of 500 eggs at a time, which can transition to the larval and pupal stages of metamorphosis to become adults in just a couple of days. Fruit flies usually lay their eggs on moist, organic materials or near the surface of fermenting food. After fruit fly larva emerge from eggs, they feed on the decaying materials in fermenting food.


Fruit fly mating rituals are quite interesting as the mating process involves both the female and male fruit fly carrying out a multitude of dances before mating occurs. The male fruit fly starts by slowly approaching the female, and then proceeds to drum her feet upon her head. Both flies then move their feet in a side to side motion while facing one another which apparently is some type of signal that the feelings are mutual. Before that mating occurs, the male fruit fly finally spreads his wings, twisting the leading edges downward.


Fruit Fly Habitat

Fruit flies are an issue both as a general annoying pest and with the risk they bring of contaminating food. Large infestations of fruit flies can very quickly develop in restaurants, hotels, cafeterias, and similar establishments where food is processed or served. Buildings or areas in the proximity of gardens where fruits and vegetables are being grown are also a frequent target of fruit flies.


What causes fruit flies are not actually the appearance of fruit, but really the presence of any sort of fermentation which is occuring to organic materials. Fruit flies are also commonly called vinegar flies among other names of food and materials they are drawn towards.


Fruit flies are particularly drawn to ripened fruits and vegetables in the kitchen. However, aside from the kitchen, fruit flies can also choose to breed in drains, garbage disposals, empty bottles and cans, trash containers, mops and used cleaning rags. For fruit flies to thrive, all that is needed is simply the development is a moist film of fermenting material. Fruit fly infestations can also come from over-ripened fruits or vegetables that were previously infested and brought into the home.


fruit fly on bananaWhere Do Fruit Flies Come From?

You’ve probably experienced a time when you have food laid out at home or even at the park for a picnic or bbq when before long, fruit flies start coming from all directions to rest on your food.


When fruit flies sense a prime place to eat or breed, they will come from afar and fly there the smallest of gaps and holes to get to their food or breeding source. Adult fruit flies can even get through doors and windows that aren’t properly screened. Fruit flies are that crafty.


The ability of the adult fruit flies to essentially appear from out of nowhere when food is laid out and the fact that they apparently are everywhere both amaze and baffle most homeowners and individuals in the food industry. People who work in food processing factories, including wineries, pickle factories, dehydrators, and can processing plants (tomato canneries for example), consider fruit flies to be the biggest problem they encounter, more than any other insect pest. Fruit flies are the reason behind a high percentage of the insect contamination of fruit and fruit products. Fruit flies are frequently cited as the main culprit of food contamination in reports of food seizures by the FDA


Fruit Fly Control and Management

When fruit flies have invaded the home, the best thing to do to eliminate fruit fly presence is to immediately track down and eliminate their breeding source. That’s the reason why fruit flies are around in the first place. This should be easy to locate as there may be a smell present of something rotting. Sanitation is a must to get rid of fruit flies because no matter how much insecticides you try to use to kill fruit flies or fruit fly traps you use to catch fruit flies, fruit flies will continue to be a problem until the breeding source is discarded and the area is cleaned.


Other times trying to track down the fruit fly breeding site may be more difficult, for instance, fruit flies might be attracted to places which can be harder to sanitize or remove the breeding source such as food that has gone down the garbage disposal or down a drain. To address an issue such as this, we suggest taping a bag over the opening of the drain and allowing some time for fruit flies to emerge and be captured in the bag.


Once the breeding source is eliminated, it will become much easier to perform fruit fly control. For the most part, fruit flies will simply leave the area or your home once there is no fermenting food around to attract them. Other times they may linger around. This is when it would be wise to use products designed to kill fruit flies.


If fruit flies are hovering around in a room somewhere, you can quickly knock them down with either CB PCO Insect Fogger or Novacide Flea & Tick Killer. These space sprays are a perfect answer to the question of how to kill fruit flies.


Aside from space sprays, you can also catch fruit flies with the help of a fruit fly trap. Here at Solutions Pest & Lawn, we have a variety of fruit fly traps such as a light trap like Mantis 1X2 Flying Insect Light Trap (220v). You could also trap fruit flies using Vector 960 Fruit Fly Traps, InVite Fruit Fly Trap or some of the other fruit fly traps we have in our inventory.


Fruit Fly Prevention

Fruit flies are a year-round issue but when the weather is warm, it’s fruit fly season. When the temperatures being to rise, we recommend putting screens on all your windows and doors and trying to fill in any gaps and holes around the hole with caulk or Black Out Pest Control Foam.


Most importantly to keep fruit flies from making a return, you will need to keep a clean home. Do not leave fruits and vegetables thats have been cut open or are spoiling out in the open. Fruit juices and natural fruit jams and jellies should not be left out in open containers because before long fruit flies will arrive.


Keeping large amounts of raw fruits and vegetables around or stores can result in hazardous fruit fly invasions. Make sure to check your stored vegetables like potatoes and onions because often there just needs to be one rotting vegetable among the group which will suffice for a large fruit fly infestation.


Whenever it is feasible, keep foods that are vulnerable to fruit flies in your refrigerator to discourage the development of fruit fly larva.


If you happen to find a large number of fruit flies present, carefully examine the entire area for the breeding source as mentioned in the fruit fly control section. Possible situations include a "forgotten" potato in a storage bin, an apple which dropped and rolled to an unseen location under shelving or behind an appliance, improperly cleaned garbage cans or disposals, and other situations where there is improper sanitation and clean up done.


Beer cans, soft drinks, milk, or ketchup bottles with small amounts still remaining at the bottom can be enough to attract fruit flies. Uncleaned mops and cleaning rags that have been left to sour can also become a major fruit fly breeding site. There are an endless possibilities present in the kitchen so keeping a neat, clean and organized food storage area and regularly checking and observing any issues will make it so fruit flies will no longer be a problem.


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