Eliminate The Breeding & Feeding Sources
In all pest control programs, sanitation is key to controlling and eliminating pests. You can use all the sprays and traps in the world to eliminate fruit flies, but you must remove or clean the breeding/feeding sources of the pest in order to completely eliminate the pest. Most sanitation measures are common sense: Fruit flies require fruit, vegetables or other decaying organic material to complete the life cycle. The goal of sanitation should be to eliminate as much of this material as possible. This includes:
- Keep trash in a receptacle with a tight-fitting lid
- Clean trash receptacles
- Promptly dispose of rotting produce
- Store edible produce in plastic containers
- Clean food spills or messes that were found during the inspection
- Clean under floor mats or rugs
- Re-grout damaged grout around tiles to prevent water seepage into walls where fruit flies may breed
- Wipe down counters with an appropriate cleaner
- Mop floors with an appropriate cleaner
- Clean sink and floor drains where food matter may have gathered with drain gel
Use Fruit Fly Sprays, Lights, and Traps
In homes and businesses where fruit flies have been a consistent problem, it is recommended that an insect growth regulator be applied once every 30 days to help break the infestation cycle. Insect growth regulators stop immature fruit flies from being able to form into breeding adults. Insect growth regulators come in concentrated liquids and ready to use aerosols and are usually applied to cracks and crevices in infested rooms.
Products or tools needed:
- Pyrethrin aerosol spray or ready to use fogger
Space spray refers to spraying a contact kill aerosol bug spray product directly into the air instead of directing the product onto a surface. Usually only pyrethrin aerosols are labeled for this use. A space spray may be desirable if you have a space that is too small to use a fogger in or if you would like to have a fast knockdown spray on hand for later use. A fogger would be a better if you have a larger area to treatA space spray or a fogger is a good choice if you have a lot of fruit fly activity inside and you need to get rid of the fruit flies quickly. With this method, you will eliminate any fruit flies that are out during the application but you will not leave behind an active residual. Following the product label instructions, apply the spray or fogger in the infested room. Most space sprays and foggers require you to vacate the room after the application and ventilate before re-entry. Please refer to the product label for re-entry requirements.
Fruit Fly Traps
Products or tools needed:
- Fruit Fly Traps
Fruit fly traps are economical, low maintenance, non-toxic and pesticide free, and most contain a fruit based attractant to lure fruit flies into the trap. Fruit fly traps generally come ready to use and should be changed every 30 days. These traps are a great choice for folks that keep lots of fresh produce in their homes and can even be placed directly into fruit bowls. These traps can help monitor a fruit fly infestation and can help reduce the fruit fly population by up to 80%.