How To Keep Flies Away


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Getting Rid of Fruit Flies

The common fruit fly is a species of fly known as Drosophila melanogaster. To distinguish a fruit fly from other common house flies, take a look at their eyes and body. If their eyes are red and have a tan thorax, you’ve spotted a fruit fly. 

Fruit flies’ main food source is ripening or rotting fruit (hence their name), which is where they lay their eggs, but pretty much any decaying organic matter will attract fruit flies. 

Fruit flies can become bothersome to homeowners and detrimental to businesses, especially in the food industry. They can be found in homes, restaurants, grocery stores, gardens and anywhere else food is decaying or fermenting. Fruit flies make their way to places such as drains, trash containers, garbage disposals, empty beer and soda cans and wet mops. Trying to get rid of fruit flies on your own can be difficult, so a fruit fly control and prevention program is recommended.

 If you suspect fruit flies in your home or business, contact Ehrlich at 1-800-837-5520 or fill out the online contact form here.

How to get rid of fruit flies

Ehrlich understands the feeding and nesting habits of fruit flies, so we’ve adapted eradication methods to efficiently remove infestations. These methods act best as supplements to a wider scale program. They include: 

  • Insect Light Traps: Many flies are attracted to certain wavelengths of UV light. This makes insect light traps very effective in attracting and capturing flies once they enter a building. 
  • Liquid Residual Insecticides: There are insecticides that work great at eliminating adult flies and larvae. Various liquid pesticides are ideal for only adult flies.
  •  Fly Baits: These baits use sugars and fly pheromones to lure flies into the trap.

Ehrlich technicians incorporate the methods listed above with their ERDM approach to ensure your property has long-term protection from fruit flies. ERDM stands for: 

  • Exclusion 
  • Restriction 
  • Destruction 
  • Monitoring

Get rid of fruit flies in restaurants

Getting rid of fruit flies in restaurants reduces food contamination and protects the reputation of your business. With restaurant reviews becoming public on social media, nothing will put a dent in your sales like a customer writing a review about a fruit fly infestation. We understand how valuable a restaurant’s reputation is so that is why we use industry standard solutions to protect your business. 

Luminos is our Electronic Fly Killer for our food retailer companies. It’s suitable for a variety of internal work environments and business needs. For restaurants, this is a powerful and hygienic fly killer that can be placed in public areas due to its subdued design.

Fruit fly life cycle

The average fruit fly life cycle begins when the adult fruit fly female lays around 500 eggs near the surface of rotting fruit or vegetables (or poorly attached containers with food inside them). Their eggs hatch in about 30 hours, developing in a vinegar-like liquid, near food sources and eating mostly yeast from rotting produce for 5-6 days.

Before pupation, the larvae crawl to drier areas of the food or elsewhere. Newly adult flies mate in about 2 days and their life cycle is finished in 8-10 days. Flies reproduce quickly so it is important to control a fly infestation as soon as possible.

Fruit fly infestations

The best way to spot a fruit fly infestation is seeing the insects themselves. If you see an adult fruit fly, that typically means its larvae are close by. Fruit flies are most active during the spring and summer but can be active indoors year round given the proper conditions. They are typically brought into homes through produce bought at groceries or food markets. We recommend cleaning food prior to consuming or cooking it to remove any trace.

How to prevent fruit flies

There are many tips home and businesses owners can use to prevent a fruit fly infestation from occurring. More specifically, here are some preventative steps we recommend following to ward off fruit flies:

  1. Remove breeding sites for fruit flies is the key. For reproduction, flies need a climate of at least 60 degrees Fahrenheit so refrigerate fruits and vegetables
  2. Wipe down countertops or other food areas after use
  3. Clean out sink or floor drains to remove pieces of food
  4. Remove food or liquid seepage at the bottom of garbage cans
  5. Hire a pest control service to routinely check for signs of a fruit fly infestation

Getting rid of fruit flies with Ehrlich

Ehrlich Pest Control service is the most effective way of preventing and treating an existing fly problem. Our specialists will customize a treatment plan for your needs. For professionals solutions you can rely on, call Ehrlich at 1-888-976-4649 or contact us online.