Even though you seem to be doing everything right, the fruit fly can be a bother no matter the measures you take. Sometime knowing your enemy is the best way to get the competitive advantage, and take control of the situation, first hand. Fruit flies are one of the most common kitchen and household annoyances that we experience today, and no matter how clean we keep the kitchen, these guys always seem to be hovering about. Keeping your screen doors and windows tightly shut may provide some relief, other pest control techniques may be a better and more effective alternative.
Where Do They All Come From?
It has been noted by the Nova Scotia Museum of Natural History, that one of the main reasons for the increase in the number of fruit flies, as well as their earlier arrival, is due to the increasing temperatures arriving earlier than usual. Fruit flies are not really concerned with time of the year, more with the temperature. The colder spring followed by the sudden up-turn in summer heat is one of the reason for sudden increase in fruit fly activity.
Fruit flies have the uncanny ability to mature from larvae to adulthood in a less than one week, making the fruit you bring home the ideal environment for them to survive and thrive. Eggs laid on the fruit are carried straight into your kitchen, and over a week are able to mature into a little flying annoyance.
Preventative Measures For Your Home
They say that the best defense is a good offence, and nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to effective pest control. These handy hints are going to help you keep those annoying fruit flies at bay, so you can enjoy your summer uninhibited and fly swatter-free.
Wash Your Fruit and Vegetable Immediately
It’s most likely the case that the way fruit flies got into your home in the first place was through the eggs on your fruit and vegetables. These minute eggs are almost invisible, and can mature to adulthood in less than a week. Washing your produce immediately when you get home from shopping will help to eradicate these tiny pests from ever developing and making their presence known in your kitchen. Prevention is always better than the cure.
Don’t Feed Them
Fruit flies live on scraps and old food that is lying around. Ensure that you clean your kitchen work areas thoroughly, making sure that there are no food scraps or droppings lying around. The garbage should be emptied regularly, before a smell starts to develop. Similarly, beer cans and wine bottle should be rinsed clean before being thrown away.
Turn Up the Air Conditioner
Since fruit flies love the warmer temperatures, turning your air conditioning to a cooler temperature during the summer months will help to deter fruit flies from entering your home.
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