Fruit flies are a little like vampires. They fly, have eerie red eyes, and require an invitation to enter your home. In their case, that invitation takes the form of overripe fruit and a fermented beverage, such as wine or beer. If you have a fruit fly problem, consider it a compliment (maybe)! It means you have good taste in nourishment. An infestation means you may share with these little fuzzy insects a love for ripe fruit, ale, and produce. Unfortunately, when fruit flies descend, your home becomes subject to a smorgasbord of bacteria and pathogens. Fruit flies are more than a nuisance. They have the potential to spread contamination to food and other surfaces! If fruit flies have selected your home to breed, you need a plan! Orkin is here to help with answers to some of the most common fruit fly-related questions.

Where are These Fruit Flies Coming From?

Fruit flies hide in spots where they can comfortably feed and breed. They are attracted to the aroma of organic, sweet matter, such as fruit or fermented beverages, and can smell these things from outside your home. If you have a fruit fly infestation, check the following areas to see if there are any decaying organic items that may attract hungry pests.

  • 1. Areas on which you store fruit and vegetables, such as countertops
  • 2. Sink drains or floor drains
  • 3. Beneath kitchen appliances where there may be food or juice residue
  • 4. Around any sticky areas, such as soda or juice storage
  • 5. In garbage cans or garbage bags

If you notice fruit flies swarming your kitchen and you are not sure why, you likely have a hidden surplus of rotting food hidden away in some nook or cranny. A thorough search is the first step towards eliminating your infestation once and for all.

Are Fruit Flies Dangerous?

Fruit flies may not be aggressive or venomous, but they present other hidden dangers that could impact your household’s health! Like houseflies, fruit flies are known to be carriers of bacteria and pathogens that stick to their little legs’ hairs. These germs are then transferred to the food and humans on which they land! The bacteria they spread has been known to cause health problems such as salmonella, E. coli, and listeria (all common causes of food poisoning).

How Do You Kill Fruit Flies?

Fruit flies are relatively simple to eliminate, as long as you keep your area clean and free of overripe food. If you notice fruit flies around your sink, there are bacterial digesters available to pour down your infested drains. Another effective method is to pour bleach down the drain, but bleach rarely stays in the drain long enough to be a permanent solution against fruit flies.

Fruit Fly Traps: Sticky traps may look like they catch a lot of flies, but they do not necessarily attract fruit fly populations, and so they are not as effective in getting rid of them. Some homeowners find success in using homemade traps containing apple cider vinegar beneath a perforated cover. Adult flies are attracted to the vinegar and drown in the liquid. This will reduce the population, but probably won’t eliminate your problem completely.

Will A Fruit Fly Infestation Disappear on its Own?

Short answer: Maybe. Sure, if you can keep your home completely spotless and are incredibly patient, then the fruit fly population will eventually migrate elsewhere to a place with better food sources. However, this is a time-consuming process and can be frustrating to homeowners who need the infestation gone immediately. There are simple measures you can take to get rid of fruit flies, so there is no need to wait them out!

Do I need a Pest Control Company to Get Rid of Fruit Flies?

Go with the professionals! We may be biased, but we believe it makes more sense to go with the most effective pest control option first! Pest control professionals are trained to address persistent pest populations and enact defensive measures to prevent re-infestation.

Call Orkin Pest Control for your Fruit Fly Infestation!

Do you have a persistent fruit fly predicament? Call the professionals at Orkin to perform a thorough evaluation of your home. Our pest technicians will work with you to develop an effective plan to eliminate your fruit fly problem once and for all!