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In a matter of days, the once-pleasant-looking bowl of colorful fruit on your kitchen table is now a breeding ground for dozens of bothersome fruit flies. Plans for apple pies and peach cobbler are now out the window. Fruit flies tend to appear quickly and in large numbers. Here’s what you need to know about why they’re drawn to certain areas of your kitchen and how to prevent an invasion.

Where do fruit flies come from?

Contrary to popular belief, fruit flies do not, in fact, appear out of nowhere as a product of spontaneous generation. While their sheer numbers inside your home may lead you to lean in that direction, fruit flies are simply attracted to fermenting fruit. Once a female finds her favorite bag of ripening apples or a rotting banana, she is capable of laying 500 eggs — that’s quite a few extra critters flying around your fruit bowl! In just 10 days, those eggs will become adults and begin joining the others as they raid your kitchen. Your fruit isn’t the pests’ only home. Fruit flies will often secure space in places where food becomes stuck or hidden, including drains, garbage disposals, cans, empty bottles and cleaning supplies such as mops and sponges. Keep an eye on your garbage bags, too. Fruit flies are drawn to the fermenting fruit inside — even small traces! Even if you buy fruit that’s only beginning to ripen in the grocery store, fruit flies could be hitching a ride home in your grocery bag. Due to their size, fruit flies who detect fermenting food can slip through tiny cracks in your home.

What can I do to prevent fruit flies?

The first step in deterring fruit flies is eliminating the source of attraction. Be sure to thoroughly inspect product as you buy it and avoid any overripe fruit. Instead of letting your fruit sit in a bowl in your counter, place it in the fridge once it gets to a ripening point. This will lessen your risk of attracting fruit flies into your home. Fruit flies may also be lured by unlikely sources inside your home. Take out the trash and recycling on a regular basis and spend a few minutes cleaning your trash can every so often. It’s not going to be your favorite task, but it’ll be worth it when the fruit flies disappear. When that spot of jelly or juice hits the floor or drips in the fridge, promptly take care of it in order to stop a fruit fly influx. While these tips for DIY fruit fly control may ease the problem for a short time, it can be difficult to eliminate the source. If you’re spending too much time swatting fruit flies around your home, call Plunkett’s Pest Control. Our family-owned and -operated business has been around for over 100 years. We develop custom pest control solutions for you home, so you can bring home that bag of apples without worrying about a fruit fly invasion. Contact us today to schedule an appointment that fits your schedule.

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