With an abundance of fresh fruit available during the warmer months fruit flies find their way into our homes and food. Many people believe that fruit flies actually come from decaying fruit but in fact they they detect the yeast produced by fermenting fruit from great distances and because of their size usually have little trouble finding small cracks and crevices to allow entry to your home.
Fruit flies are also found in unsanitary conditions like garbage dumps and trashcans. Because of this fruit flies can carry dangerous diseases that they can transmit to humans.
To prevent and control fruit flies in your home follow these tips:
1) If you keep fresh fruit on the counter, check it often for signs of over-ripening or decay. Over-ripe fruit should be disposed of in a sealed trash can, outdoors. A female fruit fly lays an average of 500 eggs on the surface of fermenting fruit. You don’t want those eggs hatching in your kitchen trash can!
2) Run your garbage disposal regularly. Fruit flies LOVE the decaying food matter that accumulates down the drain.
3) Wash or replace mops and sponges regularly. They also LOVE the old food particles these cleaning items gather.
4) Don’t keep dirty dishes around. Dirtied dishes gathered in your sink, particularly those with fruit remnants, and soiled dishes that sit for too long in an un-run dishwasher can also invite these flies.
For more information on pest control or to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation contact Johnson Pest Control at 865-453-7587.