Most of us have encountered fruit flies at some point (or many points) in our life. These tiny flies have red eyes and a yellow-brown colored body. The most likely place to find fruit flies in your Middle Tennessee home is in your kitchen because they are attracted to food debris, especially fermenting or decaying foods. Not only are they just a major nuisance to have in your home, fruit flies are also a potentially dangerous pest.
Adult fruit flies lay eggs inside of your fruits and vegetables and then the larvae will eat the decaying foods as they hatch. Gross right? That’s not it. Fruit flies can also cause you to have intestinal discomfort and diarrhea if you consume the foods that they have laid eggs in and contaminated. Clearly, these are not a good pest to have flying around your kitchen and home.
The good news is that there are many ways in which homeowners can prevent fruit fly infestations from occurring. It takes some extra attention in the kitchen but it will be well worth it in the end, trust us.
Take the trash out regularly. This is a big one because the trash is a gold mine of decaying materials, which can quickly cause a massive infestation of fruit flies.
Keep your produce safely out of the way of fruit flies. Try to keep items in closed containers or in the fridge to hide them from any fruit flies hanging around.
Do not let food debris collect in the kitchen drain. By keeping the drain clear of food and cleaned with a household cleaner, you will greatly reduce the risk of a fruit fly infestation.
Wash your kitchen towels regularly to remove food debris and spills.
Wash dishes after each use rather than waiting for a sink full of goodies for fruit flies to feast on.
If you are still finding fruit flies a problem in your home after attempting to prevent them, then contact All-American Pest Control to help. We offer many safe and effective pest control services throughout Middle Tennessee including Nashville, Franklin, Hendersonville and Brentwood. Our most thorough protection, Perimeter PLUS Pest Control, safeguards your home against 47 common household pests. Call us today to learn more!