We’ve all been there. It’s time to take the garbage out, and when you pull the top off your receptacle a mini-swarm of fruit flies comes buzzing out at you. No matter how many of them pop up, it’s too many, as far as we’re concerned. The funny thing about fruit flies, too, is they can live and thrive in your home in fall and winter. Sure, they arrive when it’s warm out, through an open door or window or hole in a screen, but once inside your home they can take root quickly.
How is that possible? Consider the lifespan and reproductive capacity of a fruit fly. They mature into adulthood over the course of seven days, and live for about a month under normal circumstances. An adult female fruit fly lays up to 500 eggs during her life, which means multiple generations of fruit flies branch out awful fast.
Two preferred fruit fly spawning locales in your home are in your garbage and in your drain. The best way to keep your home free of fruit flies is to keep these two areas as clean as possible. Take out your garbage regularly and clean your drains often to keep them free of grease, food, and other substances fruit flies love.
If you still have problems with fruit flies, make yourself a DIY fruit fly trap! It’s easy, just follow these steps:
- Fill a small, shallow bowl with equal parts vinegar and dish soap
- Set the bowl near the worst areas of infestation, such as your garbage area or kitchen sink
- Rinse and re-fill as needed when captured flies become too numerous
You should notice results almost immediately, and within a matter of a couple weeks, your problem should be a thing of the past.
You can probably handle the fruit flies on your own, but if you’re having problems with bigger, stronger pests, call Rest Easy Pest Control. We’re ready to go in Brooklyn, Manhattan, the Bronx, Staten Island, and Queens, as well as Suffolk County and Nassau County. Whatever you need, we’re here to help.