How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies
Fruit Fly Treatment & Control Guide
Find the Food Source
The Key To Getting Rid of Fruit Flies
The key to getting rid of fruit flies is finding their food source. Failure to find the source can lead to a quick reinfestation as new fruit flies invade the area looking for the food source. Once the source has been found and eliminated you can get rid of the adults by space spraying, fogging or by using fruit fly traps.
Eliminate The Breeding & Feeding Sources
In all pest control programs, sanitation is key to controlling and eliminating pests. You can use all the sprays and traps in the world to eliminate fruit flies, but you must remove or clean the breeding/feeding sources of the pest in order to completely eliminate the pest. Most sanitation measures are common sense: Fruit flies require fruit, vegetables or other decaying organic material to complete the life cycle. The goal of sanitation should be to eliminate as much of this material as possible. This includes:
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Use Fruit Fly Sprays, Lights, and Traps
There are a few different methods that you can choose from to get rid of fruit flies. You can get rid of the adult fruit flies with a contact spray or a fogger, you can use disposable fruit fly traps or you can use fly lights.
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Space spray or fogging
A space spray or a fogger is a good choice if you have a lot of fruit fly activity inside and you need to get rid of the fruit flies quickly. With this method, you will eliminate any fruit flies that are out during the application but you will not leave behind an active residual. Following the product label instructions, apply the spray or fogger in the infested room. Most space sprays and foggers require you to vacate the room after the application and ventilate before re-entry. Please refer to the product label for re-entry requirements.
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Using a fly light is very helpful for those homes and businesses where fruit flies are a common issue or when the use of insecticides is not allowed or desirable. Fly lights come in a wide variety of sizes, colors, shapes and prices. Selecting the correct location for this type of device is critical and should be carefully considered before installation. When installing a fly light be sure to install it away from sensitive areas. This will help draw flies away from areas where they could irritate people or contaminate food products. Fly lights should also be placed away from doors and windows that open to the outside to reduce flies being attracted to the competing light sources. You should read the product label of the fly light you choose for optimum placement information.NOTE: Glue boards should be checked on a weekly basis. Glue boards that are dusty or full of insects are ineffective and should be changed. The ultraviolet light bulbs in fly light traps need to be replaced on scheduled dates, usually every 4-6 months. These bulbs should be changed even if they have not burned out. Over time the ultraviolet rays become weak and will no longer be attractive to flies. Read product the instruction guide to determine complete maintenance requirements for each individual device.
Fruit Fly Traps
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