Fruit Flies #433022 - Ask Extension


Fruit Flies #433022

Asked October 27, 2017, 8:56 PM EDT

HELP! We have inundated by those abnoxious ( spell check "ain't working) fruit flies. They seem to hover between in the kitchen jumping from the sink & microwave. I do a cleansing of Clorix in the sink and just swatting the annoying little buggers on the microwave (I saw one of them go into the microwave so I hit 2:45 and the damned little sucker was still alive !!! How do we get rid of these annoyances? I take out the garbage every night & put away all fruits & veggies. WHAT CAN I DO?!!!!!!!!!! 

Baltimore City County Maryland

Expert Response

Fruit flies are attracted and breed in many places besides fruit. They have short life spans, but long enough to lay eggs that hatch and keep swarming in and outside. The primary control for fruit flies is sanitation. Eliminate larval food and development sites. Keep fruit stored in the refrigerator. Rinse and drain bottles and cans that are to be recycled. Squeeze out mops thoroughly and dry. There may be enough food and moisture to complete development on the damp mops. Another common site is trash containers especially when they are lined with plastic bags (look between the liner and the container). Remember that the source of the infestation may not be where the adult flies are found.

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