You may think that all they do is a buzz around the house and annoy everybody inside it. Fruit flies, although not a common pest, can still be one which you need to be careful with. With a life expectancy of roughly 10 days, you would be forgiven for thinking that these irritating pests can’t do much harm. But can they? In today’s article, we’re going to look at the damage that fruit flies can cause, and the other pests which might decide to follow them into your home. If you’re not careful, it’s easy to find yourself with a residential pest control problem, even in the Niagara area.
Can Fruit Flies Make You Sick?
They won’t give you malaria, sore bites or any serious disease, but fruit flies can still make you sick. These winged pests carry all sorts of bacteria and transfer it just about everywhere they go. Whatever surface they land on, they’re likely to be spreading bacteria to. If that happens to be your food then they could end up transferring bacteria to it. Fruit flies will also spend time near garbage and waste: they’ll naturally bring bacteria from those surfaces into your home.
Female fruit flies also lay their eggs deep within fruit. They’re tiny and deeply hidden, so you might not be able to see them. Alongside their eggs, they’ll be leaving bacteria which, once it makes its way into your digestive system, could cause damage. Most of the time you won’t suffer anything worse than a bad stomach, but recent discoveries suggest that E.coli could be a bacteria which is spread by fruit flies.
In 10 short days fruit flies are born, feed, reproduce and die. They’re very busy at that time, and that includes spreading bacteria around your home. What’s more, when fruit flies find their way into your home, other most dangerous pests like cockroaches, rats and ants will too. If they get hungry enough, insects like spiders and cockroaches will feed on fruit flies.
Signs of Fruit Flies in Your Home
It seems obvious, but if you see growing numbers of fruit flies around any rotten or decaying fruit, then you could have an infestation that you need to deal with. They’re also attracted to fermented food and drink, so empty alcohol containers are likely to attract the bugs too. If you see growing numbers of fruit flies around your garbage and in the kitchen, then those flies will also be laying eggs. A female fruit fly can lay up to 500 in her lifetime – spot them in your Niagarahome and you’ll need professional residential pest control.
The Residential Pest Control Experts in Niagara
A fruit fly infestation isn’t a common residential pest control issue in Niagara, but it’s still one that can get out of hand. More importantly, if fruit flies have found their way into your home, it means that more dangerous pests will too – especially if fruit flies are a potential food source for them.
Spiders, cockroaches, rats, and ants can all appear shortly after a fruit fly infestation. Often they’ll be seeking the same food source as the flies. Make sure it doesn’t get to that stage by calling Truly Nolen. We’re the pest control experts and we guarantee to remove any pests from your home.
Our experienced technicians will be able to immediately locate colonies and eggs and remove them before they grow in numbers. We future proof your home too so that no other pest can use the same entry point to get into your home.