If you have been seeing small flies or gnats in your kitchen, they’re undoubtedly fruit flies. Fruit flies in the kitchen can be an issue all year round, yet are specifically typical throughout summer or fall since they are attracted to ripened or fermenting fruits and vegetables.
WHAT ARE FRUIT FLIES?
Fruit flies are common in houses, restaurants, supermarkets as well as wherever else food is allowed to rot and ferment. They lay their eggs near the surface of fermenting foods or additional moist, natural components. The reproductive ability of fruit flies is substantial; provided the opportunity, they will lay about 500 eggs. The entire life cycle from egg to mature fruit fly only takes about a week.
Fruit flies are particularly attracted to ripened fruits and vegetables in the kitchen area. Yet they will also breed in drains, garbage disposals, empty bottles and cans, trash containers, mops and cleaning rags. Infestations can originate from over-ripened fruits or vegetables that were recently infested and delivered into the home. Fruit flies are primarily nuisance pests and they can also contaminate food by carrying bacteria and other disease-producing organisms.
ERADICATE FRUIT FLIES
Once an area is infested with fruit flies, all potential breeding areas should be located and eliminated. Unless the breeding sites are eliminated or cleaned, the trouble will certainly go on no matter how frequently natural fruit fly repellent or homemade fruit fly repellent is applied to get rid of them. Discovering the source or sources of attraction, as well as their breeding sites, can be very challenging. Future breeding sites which are inaccessible (e.g., garbage disposals and drains) can be inspected by taping a clear plastic food memory space bag over the opening overnight. If flies are breeding in these areas, the adults will emerge and will be caught in the bag. This is one way to trap fruit flies, eliminating any further breeding.