If you have been seeing small flies or gnats in your kitchen chances are they’re fruit flies! Fruit flies can be a problem all year round, but they are especially common during the late summer and fall months because they are attracted to very ripe or fermenting fruits and vegetables brought in from the store or garden. They can even come in though screens or open doors if these items are left in the trash to long.
Fruit flies are attracted to ripened fruits and vegetables in the kitchen, but did you know they also will breed in drains, garbage disposals, trash containers, mops and cleaning rags? All that is needed for breeding is a moist film of fermenting material! Fruit flies are primarily nuisance pests. However, they also have the potential to contaminate food with disease producing bacteria!
The best way to avoid problems with these pests is to eliminate all sources of attraction. Produce which has ripened should be either eaten, discarded or refrigerated. Cracked or damaged portions of fruits and vegetables should be cut away and discarded just in case eggs or larvae are in the damaged area. In fact a single rotting potato or onion forgotten at the back of your pantry or even fruit juice spilled under a refrigerator can breed thousands of fruit flies. So can a recycling bin stored in the basement which is never emptied or cleaned. Windows and doors should also be equipped with tight-fitting screens to help prevent adult fruit flies from entering from outdoors.
Are you worried about a infestation of fruit flies? CHS can help! Give us a call today to schedule your next cleaning service and keep your home pest free.
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