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We’ve all been frustrated by fruit flies at one time or another, and when they seem to be overtaking your kitchen it can be intimidating. What is up with these tiny invaders; where do they come from and how can we eliminate them from our homes? Read more to find out!

Mitigating Fruit Flies

Where do fruit flies come from?

As their name suggests, fruit flies often arrive in our kitchens as stowaways on our fruit. These tiny (usually around only 1/8” long) insects are attracted to ripe and rotting foods, especially sugary or fermented ones. This means that we often inadvertently bring them into our homes with the groceries. Once there, they can find hiding places like drains to continue their famous copious copulation and population patterns. A female fruit fly typically lays about 500 eggs at a time, and these eggs hatch within 24 hours. So with very little warning you might find yourself up against an army of these miniature insurgents.

 

How do I get rid of fruit flies?

Luckily, there are some very simple things that we can do to reduce our risk of fruit flies taking over. Follow the steps below to avoid them getting to be a problem. 

 

  • The first line of defense is to avoid bringing them in. When you bring home a haul of groceries, take a bit of time to wash your produce. This can rinse off any eggs waiting to hatch, and even drown some adults.  
  • Next, store foods in the refrigerator. If there are any flies left on your produce, they will be too sluggish to mate in the cold.  
  • Get rid of any old fruit that may be going bad. This goes for anything old and/or rotting in your kitchen.  Fruit flies especially love old alcohol, so that half glass of wine that’s been sitting around for a day or two will start to attract them.
  • Set a trap for them. Pour a few tablespoons of apple cider vinegar into a glass and add 2-3 drops of dish soap. Then cover it with cellophane and wrap a rubber band around to keep it in place. Next, poke a few holes in the cellophane. The fruit flies are attracted to the vinegar, but will be unable to fly out and the dish soap will cut the surface tension on the vinegar so they will drown when they land.  

 

Does Ace Walco treat fruit fly infestations?

Absolutely. Ace Walco has been a leader in New Jersey pest control for 84 years and counting. You can bet we’ve seen our fair share of fruit flies. We have the experience, the confidence and the right touch to rid your home of fruit flies today! Call now to schedule a free inspection. We’ll have a professional over at your convenience to identify your pest and the best path forward to mitigation.