Labor Day, Apple Picking, and Fruit Flies – From Tri-County Pest Control
Labor Day is finally here! Fall is right around the corner, the kids will be going back to school, and summer is drawing to a close. In addition, Labor Day is also the start of apple picking season! This fun activity is great for families, and it’s a great way to bring fresh fruit into your home. However, some unwanted pests might hitch a ride on those apples you bring home, like the fruit fly. To counter these small buggers, Tri-County Pest Control has a few methods to keep your fresh apples staying clear from the fruit fly.
It may seem like fruit flies appear out of thin air (which was the main belief some 400-odd years ago) but actually these little guys have such powerful noses, they can smell ripening fruit from a mile away. Their small bodies allow them to sneak into the tiniest nooks and crannies, leading them straight into your home.
However, don’t be alarmed! Even though fruit flies may find it easy to enter your home, you’ll find it even easier to rid your home of them!
Fruit flies love to breed in fruit (hence the name) but they can also breed in drains, garbage disposals, dirty mops, or anywhere there is a scent of something fermenting. The first step you should take would be to get rid of any rotting or overly-ripe fruit, which will destroy their primary source of food and breeding grounds. If a problem still persists, take some household bleach and pour it down your drains, as it is their secondary hiding place. Still coming back? Raid your cleaning closet for a dirty mop, and either clean it or throw it out altogether.
That’s it, it’s that easy! Now, there is a slight chance your fruit flies are a witty bunch, but that’s no problem, for a quick call to us will definitely be just what you need to finally rid them from your home.
Enjoy your Labor Day, and happy apple picking from all of us here at Tri-County Pest Control!