All About Fruit Flies

Your home is an enticing space for many pests. One of these pests is the fruit fly. In search of food, fruit flies are attracted to sugary, organic materials such as decaying fruit, vegetables, meat and alcohol. They reproduce quickly and can be difficult to eradicate once the population grows. So what can you do?

The Basics

Fruit flies are small with red or dark eyes, a black and gray abdomen, and tan thorax. Females can lay up to 500 eggs which hatch in just 24-30 hours. These eggs can be laid in rotten fruits and vegetables, drains, garbage disposals and trash cans. Fruit flies are certainly a nuisance and they can also contaminate food.

Fruit Fly Food Sources

Fruit flies like sweet, sugary, soft foods. Common targets include fruits, vegetables, meat, alcohol, and soda. Think about how many of these items are in your home and you can quickly see why fruit flies are so commonly found inside houses.

Fruit Fly Prevention

The biggest action you can take to prevent fruit flies is to eliminate potential feeding and breeding conditions. This means storing food in sealed containers, disposing of spoiled foods in sealed bags in your outside garbage can, cleaning up spills, and keeping trash cans and garbage disposals clean.

If you already have fruit flies, treatment may be your best option to effectively eradicate the infestation in conjunction with the above prevention techniques. Contact us today to schedule a free inspection of your home. We service the greater Capital District area including Albany, Schenectady, Saratoga and Rensselaer Counties.