Can you have a fruit fly infestation?

Fruit flies are common household pests that can be a terrible nuisance around your home. These flies are year-round pests, but they are especially prolific in late summer and fall. Fruit flies are known for their small size, red eyes and brown bodies.

How long does a fruit fly infestation last?

While a fruit fly’s lifespan can vary widely based on environmental conditions, two to four weeks is a good rule of thumb, Baldwin says. However, your problem won’t go away when the adult flies die away.

How do you get rid of fruit flies when you can’t find the source?

Here are seven things you can do to help get rid of these pests.

  1. Find the source. The first thing you need do is figure out where the flies are coming from. …
  2. Clean common areas. …
  3. Use the rotten fruit against them. …
  4. Make a swimming pool trap. …
  5. Mix a vinegar solution. …
  6. Try a store-bought trap. …
  7. Hire an exterminator.

What do fruit flies hate?

Fruit flies can’t stand the smell of basil, peppermint, eucalyptus, lemongrass, lavender and clove. If you’ve had a fruit fly problem in the past, try placing these fragrant herbs in muslin sacks or tea bags and hanging them around the house. You could also buy them in essential oil form and use them in a diffuser.

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Where do fruit flies come from all of a sudden?

“They can come in from outside or be brought in grocery bags with our produce,” he said. “They lay eggs on the skin of fruit so suddenly the apples on your kitchen counter may host a new generation of fruit flies.”

How do you get rid of fruit flies once and for all?

Follow these 5 simple steps to rid your home of fruit flies, once and for all.

  1. Wipe down surfaces that are potential breeding grounds. Wipe down all cabinet surfaces thoroughly. …
  2. Clean the drains in your kitchen. …
  3. Set traps. …
  4. Monitor traps and drains. …
  5. Keep the drains clean and set traps.

What attracts fruit flies best?

Fruit flies are especially attracted to ripened fruits and vegetables in the kitchen. But they also will breed in drains, garbage disposals, empty bottles and cans, trash containers, mops and cleaning rags. All that is needed for development is a moist film of fermenting material.

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