controlling fruit flies
Adults are about 1/8 inch long and usually have red eyes. The front portion of the body is tan and the rear portion is black. Fruit flies lay their eggs near the surface of fermenting foods or other moist, organic materials. If you have been seeing small flies or gnats in your kitchen, they’re probably fruit flies.
Fruit flies can be a problem year-round, but are especially common during late summer/fall because they are attracted to ripened or fermenting fruits and vegetables. Tomatoes, melons, squash, grapes and other perishable items brought in from the garden are often the cause of an infestation developing indoors.
Fruit flies are also attracted to rotting bananas, potatoes, onions and other unrefrigerated produce purchased at the grocery store. They also infest fruity liqueurs in bars and restaurants, as well as the drains and sink.
As with all species of flies, the first method of control is through sanitation. Wet organic material on which flies can lay their eggs must be removed, destroyed, therefore eliminating any future breeding sources. Killing adult flies will reduce infestation, but elimination of breeding areas is necessary for good management.
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Natural Catch Plus Fruit Fly Traps and Vector Fruit Fly traps are both excellent traps. They can be placed anywhere you see fruit flies.
Trap Nuisance Fruit Flies With The EZ Fly Trap! Just add a little vinegar to the bottom tray, and watch them go! The FlyWeb light trap attracts flying insects by using energy efficient U.V. light. Put it under bars, under sinks, drains, next to the fruit! Anywhere that flying insects may be a nuisance. Flying insects are drawn to the U.V. light and trapped on the web-like adhesive glue card. The FlyWeb Insect Management works 24/7 to create an insect-free environment. The FlyWeb light trap is compact (3.5? wide x 11? high) and uses a standard 110V plug-in compatible with any outlet. Comes complete, with two extra glueboards. Open the package and plug it in!
For drains that have a lot of gunk and organic material on the sides of them, try Vector Bio 5 Drain Cleaner. This will eliminate any breeding sources in drains.
For an immediate knockdown of adult fruit flies, try CB-80 Pyrethrum, or 565 Plus.
Tempo SC can be applied where pests have been seen or found, or can find shelter. Use a general surface, spot, mist, or crack and crevice application.
Gentrol is also a great product for controlling fruit flies. Gentrol is an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR) that provides preventative action, since it disrupts the pests’ normal development. Hydroprene, the active ingredient, prevents the pest from developing and thus reproducing.
Deodorizers & Sanitizers
Apply where pests have been seen or found, or can find shelter. Use a general surface, spot, mist, or crack and crevice application.
Insect Growth Regulators
IGR’s – IGR’s (Insect Growth Regulators) disrupt the normal development of insects. Insects exposed to an IGR will become adults incapable of reproducing, thus ending the cycle of an infestation. Use IGR’s in areas such as, but not limited to: apartment buildings, hospitals, residential homes, hotels/motels, nursing homes, and marine vessels. Do not treat linens and mattresses..
Aerosols & Ready to Use Products
These “ready to use” products are convenient and great for a contact kill and great for flushing out insects. Most offer great residual properties as well.