Fruit flies are 3 to 4 mm long, usually have red eyes and are a yellowish-light brown colour.
Fruit flies can be a problem year round, but are especially common during late summer and fall. What attracts fruit flies are ripened fruits and vegetables. Fruit flies are common in homes, restaurants, grocery stores and wherever else food can ferment and rot.
Fruit flies will lay their eggs in rotting fruit and other organic material. In a lifetime, females will lay 400-500 fruit fly eggs, which hatch into larvae. The entire lifecycle from fruit fly larvae to adult can be completed in about a week.
The best way to avoid fruit fly infestation is to eliminate sources of attraction. Store produce in the refrigerator. Clean up spills of foods and liquids right away. Frequently rinse trash and recycle bans. Wipe up kitchen counters regularly. All of these steps will help prevent fruit fly infestation.
If an infestation has already occurred, the breeding site must be eradicated. While a fruit fly trap or fruit fly spray may provide temporary relief, the best way to remove a fruit fly infestation is to call an exterminator. Backed by 30 years experience, Environmental Pest Control knows how to kill fruit flies and will get rid of your fruit fly infestation.
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