This is the eleventh of 15 Household Bugs in SW Florida That May Freak You Out, which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.
Fruit flies are smaller than most flies. They are usually about 1/8 of an inch in length. They can be brownish or brownish-yellow and have red eyes. While fruit flies do not bite, they can be a nuisance and have been known to bother homeowners. Another common name for the fruit fly is vinegar fly.
Fruit flies usually congregate around rotting fruits and vegetables. They also like soda, fruit juices, or anything that leaves a sweet and sticky residue. They are known to infest dumpsters or trash cans in homes and restaurants. You might also find fruit flies in recycling bins, behind refrigerators or freezers, in sinks and drains or near food storage areas.
The best way to get rid of fruit flies…
…is to clean your house.
- Dispose of all garbage immediately, especially remnants of food and fruit.
- Always run your garbage disposal.
- Consider double-bagging any rotting foods or remove your kitchen garbage every day.
- Go the extra mile and clean out your garbage cans when they are empty to remove any trace of debris.
Usually fruit flies are not a permanent problem in your home, and it is rare to need professional help to remove them. However, there are cases in which it’s tricky to find the source of a fruit fly infestation.
Sometimes there are multiple breeding sites of fruit flies. When that happens, a thorough investigation and the proper use of professional pesticides may be the only way to permanently solve the problem.
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One other bug that we’ve been receiving a lot of calls for lately isn’t a household bug, but it’s one that can wreak serious havoc on your palm trees. Get in touch with us immediately at LaruePest.com/contact if you notice white, sticky stuff on your palms.