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Flying insects and creatures are pests in every sense of the word. They truly will pester and annoy you and with the way, they constantly swarm and buzz around and you’d think it was a part of their survival to aggravate Frisco residents. Not only do they flock about, but they can cause great harm. Some species have a reputation for ruining buildings, houses, cars, and trash cans. A few can get indoors and cause damage to personal effects. A large number can send you to the hospital with their bites and stings. If not the bite, it will be by the spread of germs that cause illness. Fruit flies are a prime example. 

a fruit fly on the trash

Fruit flies are so commonplace and frequent, that most homeowners underestimate their effects. These insects have been generally deemed a nuisance, but they are so much more and can be quite dangerous. Learn all you can about them now and what it takes to prevent them from All-Safe Pest & Termite.

How Do Fruit Flies Look & Behave? What Are the Risks?

Fruit flies are some of the tiniest winged bugs there are, being 0.12 to 0.15 of an inch long. A small group of them have dark eyes; the majority have red ones. Their bodies are black on the surface and gray underneath, with a tan thorax. Several have yellow or brown coloring. They have two feathery antennae and translucent wings. The young and wormy larvae are white with mouth hooks that are black.
 
Fruit flies get inside homes through torn screens and open windows and doors.  Also, people often inadvertently bring them in with affected fruit that contains eggs and larvae. You’ll see these insects gathering near sugary and fermented liquids, vegetables, and of course, fruit. Keep an eye on your trash cans and garbage disposals for their presence. Water assists in their breeding so you’ll find them in sinks, drains, and buckets too.  With all of this in mind, these critters are found primarily in kitchens, and outdoors by gardens and eating areas.

 

Since fruit flies gravitate to moist and rotting matter, they spend a lot of time in unsanitary spaces. For instance, landfills and dumpsters. They can pick up bacteria, microorganisms, and parasites, and ultimately taint your food and surfaces when they land on it. This can lead to you contracting food poisoning, pathogens, or diseases. Here are some other key facts about fruit flies:

  • Their peak activity periods are during the harvest seasons of summer and fall.

  • They live for about one week but produce many eggs at that time.

  • Their infestation indicators are seeing larvae and adult flies.

What Are Ways to Prevent Fruit Flies?

Fortunately, preventative tasks for fruit flies aren’t that taxing. All that is required is basic cleaning and maintenance chores that you may already be doing: 

  • Use containers with tight lids for food and garbage storage.

  • Regularly take out the garbage, and sanitize the canister. 

  • Rinse dishcloths and sponges thoroughly, so that food doesn’t remain on it. 

  • Wash out sinks, drains, and garbage disposals. 

  • Inspect fruits and vegetables before purchasing them, and immediately put them in the refrigerator. 

  • Routinely clean the kitchen, dishes, and outdoor eating spots. 

  • Close gaps in foundations, windows, and screens, and doors.

How Will All-Safe Pest & Termite Exterminate Fruit Flies?

The experienced technicians at All-Safe Pest & Termite will apply eco-friendly and highly effective solutions to impacted zones to eliminate fruit flies. Our treatments are safe for humans, domestic animals, and vegetation. We have received multiple customer service awards for our reasonably priced plans, guarantees, warranties, and more. Get a free inspection when you call us today! We’re looking forward to hearing from you!

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