We have all had those tiny flies buzzing around our kitchens. It seems like they appear out of nowhere and multiply in the blink of an eye. These tiny little fruit flies are tan in color and about 3mm in size. They can be found anywhere in the United States. They multiply in stagnant water, where organic substances are. They only live for about 25 days. They increase in population during the summer and are plentiful at harvest. If they are inside, they can be active all year long. They reproduce rapidly and can easily become a nuisance in your home.
These flies are named for their attraction to fruit. They actually feed on the rotting fruit and vegetables in your home. That does not sound very appetizing but to these little pests it is the reason they seem to appear out of nowhere and invade your kitchen. Once they have found an easy food source, they will reproduce quickly and swarm around fruit, vegetables or trash. They are also sometimes attracted to alcohol or beer. Sounds like a real pain to have flying around your home.
If your kitchen is full of fresh fruits and vegetables that are out in the open, you are likely to have fruit flies. They thrive in moisture and stagnant water. They will even invade a trash can for food. It is best to keep your kitchen clean and your food sealed up. Cover fruit bowls with plastic wrap. Put fruit in the refrigerator, if possible. Take the trash out regularly. Clean up any spills, especially sweet, organic material.
Unfortunately, these little pests are not just annoying, they can also cause unsanitary conditions. They can be a real health concern for you and your family. They will search for food anywhere in your home, including the trash and then land on your fruit. This can contaminate your produce before you even notice it. Keeping these pests out of the kitchen will make everyone happy.
Fruit fly infestations are really hard to prevent. It is especially hard in the summer months with all the fresh fruit and vegetables available. All you need for a full infestation is produce and moisture. Then they multiply and are nearly impossible to fully eliminate. Call a professional pest exterminator for help with eliminating these fruit flies and making sure they do not return.