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A fruit fly infestation can be maddening. One day, you have one little fly zipping through the air and frolicking around your home. The next day, you have half a dozen. The next...pandamonium! Okay. Maybe we're going a little over the top but, if you've ever had a fruit fly infestation, or you're dealing with one right now, you know how frustrating it can be. So, what can you do to get control of fruit flies and prevent fruit fly infestations in the future? We're glad you asked. Here's the trick to effective fruit fly control.

If You Have A Fruit Fly Infestation

When you see one fly, then half a dozen, and then pandemonium, it isn't because fruit flies are reproducing in that short period of time. While fruit flies reproduce incredibly fast, they can't reproduce in three days. What you're experiencing is the hatching of multiple eggs. If you figure out where those eggs are, you can stop your infestation from growing. As an example, you could take your kitchen trash outside. There is a good chance they're reproducing in there. Another likely possibility is that there are eggs on a piece of fruit in your home. Dispose of that fruit outside to prevent more of those pests from appearing.

 

Once you've located and addressed potential breeding sites, you can deal with the fruit flies in your home by sucking them up with your vacuum. Be sure to put the vacuum bag outside when you're done. If this doesn't completely fix the problem, you could fashion a fruit fly trap with dish soap and vinegar in a glass pickle jar that has punched holes in the cover.

If You Do Not Have A Fruit Fly Infestation Yet

There are two ways fruit flies can get into your Frisco home. They can find a way in from the outside, or they can hitchhike in. You may be able to stop an infestation before it begins if you take these steps:

  • Refrain from keeping your exterior doors open. An open door is an open invitation to a fruit fly.

  • Address any rips, holes, or tears in your window and sliding glass door screens. Next to having an open door, this is the best way for fruit flies to get into your home.

  • Seal gaps around pipes, air conditioning units, windows, and doors.

  • Store fruit and produce where fruit flies can't get to them, such as sealed plastic containers, or inside your refrigerator. The scent of ripening fruits and vegetables can attract fruit flies that are on the outside of your home and inspire them to find a way in. When you store fruit in your fridge, it prevents fruit fly eggs from hatching.

When It Is Time To Contact A Pest Professional

As pests go, fruit flies aren't a serious threat to your health, and they aren't difficult to control, in most cases. You're probably going to be able to deal with this one on your own, but there is one factor that can make your fruit fly infestation difficult to control. If you have a breeding site that isn't easy to figure out, you might need a pest control technician to find it for you. A pest professional is trained in the habits and habitats of these insects. They're able to unravel the mystery.

 

Another way you might have trouble with a fruit fly infestation and require assistance from a pest professional is by implementing some of the strange natural remedies that can be found on the internet. Some fruit fly control suggestions can turn a small infestation into a horrible nightmare. This is when we're usually called in.

 

If you don't have a fruit fly infestation, now may be the right time to contact a pest professional. When you invest in a residential pest control plan, you get routine treatments and pest maintenance around the exterior of your home. This helps to knock down simple organisms, like fruit flies, before they get into your home and drive you crazy. But, more importantly, a residential pest control plan will guard your health and property against a long list of other pests that are far more dangerous to your health and belongings than a few dozen fruit flies.

Frisco Pest Control

When you're ready to shop around for a pest control plan, keep us in mind. The team here at All-Safe Pest & Termite can provide your Frisco home with the highest level of pest control at a competitive price. If you have questions or want to request a pest control evaluation, contact us. We look forward to guiding you in this important protection for your home, your belongings, and the health of your family. 

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