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3 Signs You Should Be Worried about Fruit Flies in Your Home

Presence of flies usually lead people to perceive the place as unhygienic because they are transmitters of diseases. While it impacts businesses more, we should be concerned when the flies are present in our homes too. In this article, we share some places where fruit flies can be found and why you should be worried.

Fruit flies in drains

Huddling together in swarms, these small flies may include fruit flies and black sewage flies (also known as drain flies). Fruit flies in drains hover near drain covers found in your toilets at home as they feed on the organic waste materials found in these drains. If you live in a multi-level high rise building, toilet pipes and drains are connecting throughout, including that of your upstairs and downstairs neighbours.

Why should you be worried? Your toilet drain cover provides a good and steady source of food and shelter for these swarms of small flies! Besides posing as a nuisance for users in your home toilets, these small flies will land on almost everywhere and on anything to feed on. Especially when you find them resting on your bath towels and toothbrushes, they get very annoying and unhygienic.

Fruit flies in the kitchen

The kitchen at home is a place where meal preparations happen for the whole family. You also store many eating utensils, drinking bottles and containers in the kitchen. It is imperative that this area at home should be kept clean, tidy and hygienic.

Why should you be worried? Fruit flies in the kitchen disturb your food preparation process and pose health risks to humans should they land on your food. Clean utensils which have been washed and put aside are actually great attractants for fruit flies to feed on its microorganisms. Once again, this promotes unhygienic bacteria growth within the kitchen.

Fruit flies on your food

Sitting down at the breakfast table, you open up the new loaf of white bread to help yourself a slice. Very soon, you find yourself suddenly busy swatting away fruit flies swarming up to you. Oh my! Fruit flies! Where do they come from? Did you know? Fruit flies are particularly attracted to fermenting yeast in fruits and bread. Your white bread is an excellent attractant for them to feed on.

Why should you be worried? While it can be easy to swat these small flies away and prevent them from landing onto your breakfast, you should be worried because it is unusual to have swarms of fruit flies coming up to you like this! If you want to eat in peace, you should start to find out if you are experiencing a fruit fly infestation somewhere in the house.

Fun facts about fruit flies

Know more about these small flying pests today to better understand what attracts fruit flies and where do they come from?

  • The Female fruit fly grows larger than Male fruit fly 
  • Fruit fly has red eyes 
  • Its hairy body is a carrier of bacteria which can be harmful to humans 
  • Fruit fly loves decaying food and vegetables, garbage, fruits and kitchen utensils 
  • It reproduces very quickly, the eggs hatching into larvae after several days; with the adult insect emerging just after 4 days! Therefore an infestation can get out of hand very fast.
Flies have compound eyes

How to prevent fruit flies at home?

Good housekeeping and healthy hygiene habits are definitely helpful in preventing fruit flies from nesting in your home.

  • Always cover up food
  • Tie up garbage bags and dispose of them before turning in for the night
  • Keep table tops clean and wipe away food spills and crumbs diligently

However challenges such as fruit flies in drains can be tough because of the high usage in toilets when you shower every day. Built up of organic materials happens down the connecting pipes in the building as well.

Why it is important to get rid of flies?

Flies are harmful because of the diseases they spread including gastroenteritis and salmonellosis. Besides health risks, flies infestation can ruin a business reputation on incidents relating to food poisoning and potential suspension or closure. Most DIY flies eradication methods do not work as they merely confuse and derail flies navigation, not forgetting their reproduction capabilities. Professional fly control provides accurate pest identification, tailored treatments to get rid of flies with flytraps and residual spray, and regular inspection and monitoring of the premise.

Get rid of flies in your businesses and at home

Common small flies can be better controlled now with enhanced formulation with Rentokil’s Foam Blitz Solution. This foaming technique works well even to reach difficult spots where adult fruit flies and their larvae could be hiding in. Foam sticks on the contact surface and these small flies are killed on contact. This formulation contains bacteria that can eat up organic matters, efficiently helping to reduce and eliminate food sources for these fruit flies.

The solution is a technique ideal for heavy food preparation business environment such as canteens, central kitchen and restaurants, foaming is able to control small flies effectively with higher efficacy. Enquire with the experts in pest control today.

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