Summer’s heat and increased humidity brings along a few uninvited guests which can literally become a nuisance. If the temperature rises to a point where people prefer staying indoors, rather than going out in the sun, they usually are faced with an annoying species of flies. Yes, the fruit flies are an inevitable part of the hot and humid summer days. When people lock themselves inside in the air conditioned comfort of their homes. Even when people think, the temperature inside is not so fruit fly friendly, there are always quite a number of them flying around fruit and as they try to eat them.
Fruit flies generally are the homeowner’s biggest concern as their infestations can get annoying and reduce the chances of your fruits to remain fresh for a long time. An average life span of a fire fly would be 40-50 days; during which, a female fruit fly van mate and lay a number of egg batches in one time. They are most commonly found in late springs and summers when vegetables and fruits are overriped and fermenting.
All you need to know:
As soon as Mother Nature blesses us with the fruitful presents of summer like, melons, grapes, mangoes, plums etc.
- Fruits and vegetables stored in a pantry, kitchen or out in the open can all be attacked by tiny flies. They are not just found in storage spaces of your home but any other place with vegetables and fruits can be a camping site for fruit flies.
- These, 1/8 inched, brown and black bodied creatures are always on the lookout for a fruit or vegetable to attack. Their red eyes make them distinct from other fly species.
- These tiny and apparently harmless flies can cause severe and in some cases life threatening health problems as they carry various bacteria and pathogens, with which they contaminate your food.
- An over ripened fruit or vegetable is what attracts them the most where they can lay up to 500 eggs.
- Apart from fruits and vegetables, they are quite capable of living and breeding in spaces you might otherwise consider as supremely unhygienic, such as: drains, bins, mops and empty bottles with rotting food leftovers.
- They may or may not enter you home through an already infested overripe fruit or vegetable purchased from the market.
Things you can do to control:
When fruit flies are there to disturb the hygiene you maintain in your home or in your diet, you should not take this problem lightly because they are not just some flies they carry disease too. Sighting fruit flies can be a resultant of many reasons and it does not necessarily mean that you don not maintain a healthy diet with hygienic practices. While, these tiny little buggers, with their power to contaminate food, ay appear look a hard to handle pest but in reality, it’s not that hard getting rid of them. Yes, you can actually try DIY to trap them before they grow in numbers and cause more problems for you.
- Over the counter repellants can come in handy to kill them if they are not many in number. However, be very careful in using any repellant with chemicals if you have children and pets in your home. If you are not sure about the efficacy and safety of the method you’re opting for then the best way to treat them is by consulting a pest controller.
- Red wine has been known to intoxicate fruit flies; all you need is a little amount of wine in a container covered with a lid, having holes on it.
- Milk mixed with sugar can serves as an attractant for these flies now add some dish soap and ground pepper to it. Cooking this mixture for 10 minutes will make them all mix together and you can place this natural trap at various points of your home for the flies to find, feed and die.
However, with fruit flies the problem is hardly solved until their breeding sites are removed. Al, you need to do for that is, call a pest control professional to help in dealing with the problem from its root.