How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies
Fruit Fly Treatment & Control Guide
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Find the Food Source
The Key To Getting Rid of Fruit Flies
Eliminate The Breeding & Feeding Sources
- Keep trash in a receptacle with a tight-fitting lid
- Clean trash receptacles
- Promptly dispose of rotting produce
- Store edible produce in plastic containers
- Clean food spills or messes that were found during the inspection
- Clean under floor mats or rugs
- Re-grout damaged grout around tiles to prevent water seepage into walls where fruit flies may breed
- Wipe down counters with an appropriate cleaner
- Mop floors with an appropriate cleaner
- Clean sink and floor drains where food matter may have gathered with drain gel
Wash produce when you bring it into your home or business to get rid of any potential eggs that may be on it. Eat produce as soon as possible to prevent fruit flies from being attracted to it.
Products needed for Step 1
Use Fruit Fly Sprays, Lights, and Traps
In homes and businesses where fruit flies have been a consistent problem, it is recommended that an insect growth regulator be applied once every 30 days to help break the infestation cycle. Insect growth regulators stop immature fruit flies from being able to form into breeding adults. Insect growth regulators come in concentrated liquids and ready to use aerosols and are usually applied to cracks and crevices in infested rooms.
Products needed for Step 2
Space spray or fogging
- Pyrethrin aerosol spray or ready to use fogger
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.
Products or tools needed:
- Fly light
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
Products or tools needed:
- Fruit Fly Traps
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