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Fruit Flies And How To Get Rid Of Them

October 05, 2020 - Fruit Flies

Fruit flies are one of the most common pest problems residents in Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia can have. Getting rid of them can take patience. The first step is to recognize the signs of fruit flies before deciding which method you’ll use. There are several humane options for getting rid of fruit flies. One of the best options is hiring an experienced team of exterminators to come to your property. If you’re experiencing a fruit fly infestation in the Baltimore, Fairfax, or DC area our team of expert technicians are happy to help. Keep reading to learn the signs of a fruit fly infestation and to learn how to get rid of fruit flies.

What Are The Signs Of Fruit Flies?

Over-ripe or rotting fruit is a big culprit in attracting fruit flies. However, they can survive on other rotting organic food as well. It only takes one fruit fly left unchecked to lead to an infestation. They are capable of laying hundreds of eggs at a time, and it takes less than ten days for fruit flies to grow to adulthood.

If you see an adult fruit fly in your house, it is a sign that you should take action to prevent a huge infestation. You will find fruit flies in their pupal life stage near rotting fruit, but these pupae can be mistaken for the droppings of other pests. Adult fruit flies can be found flying around trash cans, rotted fruit, or vegetables that have been out too long. This means that the best way to prevent a fruit fly infestation is to keep your home free of rotting or fermenting produce.

How Do I Get Rid Of Fruit Flies?

The first step to getting rid of fruit flies is removing their home. It can only take a few days for fruit to go bad during the summer, especially in DC, Fairfax, or Baltimore. Make sure you remove all over-ripe or fermenting fruits and vegetables from your house entirely. If all you do is toss them into an uncovered trash can in the kitchen, it can lead to your fruit fly problem becoming an infestation.

However, if you only see a few adult fruit flies in your kitchen or around your trash can, it may be possible to get rid of them yourself. One way to do this is to place the rotting fruit or vegetables in a container that you can throw away. Wrap this container in plastic wrap, creating a tight seal over the top. Poke holes in the top to lure the fruit flies in. Once your homemade trap has caught the fruit flies, you may dispose of them outside your home.

If you’re having trouble getting rid of the fruit flies on your own, or if your fruit flies have become an infestation, it’s in your best interest to hire a professional. Our team of trained exterminators has dealt with our share of fruit fly problems. Whether your fruit fly issue is in a commercial or residential property, we’ve got you covered. Our team can take out a fruit fly infestation in a manner that won't affect any people or pets in the home. Miche Pest Control is a family owned and operated pest control company that provides exterminating services for homes and businesses in Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia. If you need to get rid of fruit flies, give us a call today!

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