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How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

Pest Control for Fruit Flies

Insects come in a variety of species, colors, and sizes. They can infest anything from our homes to our pets and our gardens.

One of the more common pests that we come into contact with this time of year – when the temperatures are still warm and there is more moisture in the air – are insects that invade our fruit.

Pest Control - Croach - Seattle, WA - Fruit Flies - Fly on white backgroundFor instance, if you have recently purchased some fresh blackberries, chances are there are worms in them.

Small, tiny worms that will eventually mature into fruit flies have made their way into the berries!

If you have already eaten the berries, then you won’t have to worry about them turning into adults. And even though you may want to gag at the thought, the worms are harmless to your health and a great source of protein.

Where Do They Come From?

Worms from fruit flies are able to successfully invade fruit when there has been a mild winter. A cold winter will usually kill off these insects that are such a nuisance to our fruits.

But when the temperatures in the winter don’t reach a cold enough temperature the worms are able to survive, invade the fruit and eventually end up as a fruit fly.

Can Fruit Flies Damage Fruit

Some fruit flies are harmless and generally are found hovering around old, dead fruit. But there are more threatening species of fruit flies that can cause a significant amount of damage to healthy fruit.

The Mediterranean Fruit Fly can destroy entire crops, and did so in California in 1989. Now very meticulous inspections are performed on local crops to detect any possible sign of the fly so immediate action can be taken. Killing adult fruit flies will reduce the chances of infestation and save fruit from being damaged or destroyed.

Home Remedies? How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

If you are experiencing fruit flies inside of your home, there are some easy steps you can take to eliminate their presence.

  1. First, eliminate any potential breeding areas from the flies.
  2. Clean your garbage cans regularly and make sure they have secure and tight lids.
  3. Fruit fly larva can only survive in decaying organic matter that is moist, so eliminate any area in your home that creates this type of environment.

Related Article: Getting Rid of Houseflies

If you are finding it difficult to get rid of fruit flies on your own, contact Croach® for expert fruit fly and other pest control.

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