You are tired of seeing fruit flies in your kitchen, and you wonder if there is an infestation of them; and each time you put your produce on the table; these fruit flies keep swarming it. You may have to call pest control for them to find the source of these fruit flies, but before you do that, you may want to know why these pests are being attracted to your kitchen.
There are some measures you can take to prevent these pests from infesting your kitchen even further. And if you think that fruit could be the only thing that is causing these pests to swarm around in your kitchen, you are mistaken because there are other factors that play a role in it. Let’s firstly talk about where these fruit flies come from.
Where Do These Fruit Flies Come From?
It is understandable since these fruit flies appear out of the blue in your kitchen that you would think they come from thin air. However, here is where they come from because nothing arrives from thin air. When you buy your groceries, those fruit flies end up sticking around there, and when you bring the groceries home, the fruit flies come along. And chances are a female fruit fly will come along for the ride and then lay 400 eggs. And when that happens, you have a lot of fruit flies in your home to the point it can become an infestation. Therefore, that is how these pests come into your home. But what is the one thing that attracts them? Let’s go over that now.
There Is Something In Your Kitchen That Attracts These Pests
You already know that fruit flies are attracted to produce, as you can tell by their name. But really, any organic material will swoop them into your kitchen. The smell of organic material is what attracts these fruit flies. That means bacteria and mold will attract them. If you think about a damp washcloth that you wash your dishes with, then you will see that these fruit flies will become attracted to that. That is because, with the damp cloth, you have bacteria and mold growing on it.
That being said, damp areas are breeding grounds for fruit flies. That is because mold and bacteria grow in those damp areas such as mops and dirty dishes. Buckets and other cleaning products can attract them too. And if you have a recycling bin, you will want to keep it out of your kitchen, or else it will attract those flies. The leftover food that is in the containers in the recycling bin will also grow bacteria and mold, and that is where the fruit flies will come. Garbage disposals and drains will attract them, too, for obvious reasons. The best thing you can do is take preventative measures to keep these pests away.
How To Prevent Fruit Flies From Producing In Your Kitchen
The best thing you can do is to keep your kitchen clean as much as you can by not leaving out items that will attract fruit flies. That means cleaning dirty dishes right away, and if you have a dishwasher, put them into it immediately. You also want to ensure that you put dirty wet rags into the laundry basket right away. You also do not want to keep your recycling bins in your kitchen. Place them in the mudroom if you can. If you live in an apartment or condo, you may find that it could be a challenge to do that. It is best to clean the containers very well before putting them into the recycling bins.
You may have to accept that you will need to call an exterminator if the fruit fly population is out of control in your kitchen, but after you do, take these preventative measures to mitigate the infestation in the future.