Every summer, it happens – the flies start hanging out in my kitchen. At first, it is one or two that can be swatted away with some effort, but then sometimes we have a swarm of flies that congregate around our sink. Do you have a similar situation in your home? Are you looking to find out more about these bothersome kitchen flies that can ruin any meal? Here is some information that may help.
- House Flies – These nuisance pests can really take over the kitchen, especially when food is being cooked or served. The only real solution is a multistep approach including: sanitation, exclusion, and mechanical and/or chemical control. Sanitation means keepin areas in your kitchen clean where these pests feed or breed. This includes cleaning up food, spills, and drops of water as soon as they occur. Exclusion means preventing flies from getting into your home via screens that need mending or leaving windows or doors open for too long. Control means talking to the professionals to eliminate the flies that seem to be feeding and breeding in your kitchen.
- Fruit Flies – These small pests seemingly come out of nowhere to invade your kitchen, especially the sink area and areas where fresh fruit is displayed. These critters are stealthy little guys that seem to smell rotting fruit from miles away. Getting rid of these pests can be tricky. The first step is to remove fruit that has begun to rot as well as keeping fruit in the refrigerator whenever possible. Since fruit flies have the ability to carry disease, it is best to seek help in exterminating and excluding them from your kitchen as soon as possible.
- Drain Flies – Drain flies are also called moth flies, sewer flies or filter flies and are often found around drains. Their bodies and wings are covered with numerous hairs. Drain flies breed in drains, sewers, septic tanks, and soil that has been contaminated with sewage. Inspecting and removing them from the breeding area is most important when dealing with these flies in your home.
Do you have flies causing a problem in your home? Call Pest-End Exterminators at 1-800-287-4321, 603-382-9644, or 978-794-4321, or visit our website for information about these pests.
It never fails. Every summer the fruit flies invade my home. They are unwanted visitors in my kitchen and pantry. I just can’t seem to get rid of them. They appear out of nowhere: not here one day, then teeming throughout my kitchen the next. Where did all these fruit flies come from and how do I get rid of them?
Fruit flies are my nemesis every summer. They invade without warning and make it down right embarrassing to host guests in my home. I have found that these tiny nuisances can quickly multiply in number, and be tough to get rid of once they’re around. With the help of Pest-End Exterminators and their professional services this is some of what I have learned about these pests.
- Fruit flies can detect the smell of ripe fruits and vegetables from a good distance away. If there’s a bowl of fruit on your kitchen counter, there’s probably a fruit fly or two looking for a way into your home to get to it.
- Fruit flies are so tiny, they can get in through window screens or crevices around windows or doors.
- Fruit flies can be hitchhikers. They may be hiding in your veggies or fruit from the market. If at all possible wash those bananas and grapes off quickly to stop the eggs from hatching.
- Fruit flies reproduce fast! They have notoriously fast life cycles; they can go from egg to adult in just 8 days. That means a whole new generation in just a few days to reproduce and so on and so on and so on.
- Fruit flies love plumbing, especially those that are in the kitchen where food particles can get caught. They do not need fruit to reproduce on. Clean out your food disposal regularly or you may see a host of fruit flies finding there way into your sink and then your pantry.
- Keep the sink and counters clean of any drips of juice or scraps of vegetable peelings, and take out the trash regularly. These are the places they love to make their homes so keep it clean. Use vinegar to clean especially near the sink.
- Once a structure is infested with fruit flies, all potential breeding areas must be located and eliminated. Call Pest-End to discuss your fruit fly problem and possible solutions.
What are all these flies doing in my kitchen and around my fruit bowl? The presence of these little flies may come as a shock since they seemed to appear out of nowhere. You should, however, recognize these bugs from your high school days. Think back to your high school biology class. Remember doing experiments where you learned all about the life cycle of the fruit fly? That is what you are most likely dealing with in your kitchen and pantry.
If you think back again to that science class, you may have learned that, like other fly species, fruit flies experience a four-stage life cycle: beginning as eggs, they undergo larval and pupal stages before emerging as adults. You may also remember that this cycle can go very quickly – possibly under a week. The fleeting memories of your fruit fly experiments in your teen years may have left your memory but having a problem with these nuisance insects can be a present day issue. Let’s look at the fruit fly behavior and what some steps are that you can take to prevent them from finding a haven in your home.
Fruit Fly 101 – Fruit Flies are small, brown or tan in color and have reddish eyes. They can be active at any time of year. They tend to congregate in areas where there is rotting or decomposing food such as the kitchen sink, fruit bowls, an indoor veggie garden, or the garbage can. Fruit flies are built to find fermenting fruit. Despite their size, fruit flies can detect the smell of ripe fruits and vegetables from a good distance away. They can enter your home in several ways: through window screens, crevices in doors, on fruit from the store, or on veggies from your own garden. Once inside, they reproduce and “viola!” you have a fruit fly swarm in your kitchen. That is where the flies came from.
Prevention Techniques – Since fruit flies seek out fruits and veggies that are ripe or past ripe here are some at home solutions you may want to take prior to calling in the professionals like Pest-End.
- Dispose of any rotting fruits and vegetables from fruit bowls or your fridge.
- Empty and clean recycling cans.
- Clean all fruits and veggies that enter your home either from your garden or the store.
- Take any compost scraps outside.
- Clean dishes, cups and counters quickly after a meal.
- Clean out and maintain the garbage disposal in your home sink.
- Take trash out regularly.
- Consider homemade traps.
- Call a professional from Pest-End to treat your fruit fly problem.