Of all the pests that can ruin your food, fruit flies seem to get a special place in our hearts. They’re small, they’re annoying and they make it harder to enjoy some delicious fruit. The problem is that they’re also very dangerous. Fruit flies may look like they belong on a dessert plate (or in one), but these tiny insects can actually carry bacteria that could make you sick if you eat them or touch them with your hands. And even though most people don’t think about it this way, there are plenty of other places where these pests live—and we need to be aware of all of them!
Fruit flies are more than a pest in your kitchen.
Fruit flies are more than just an annoyance in your kitchen—they can indicate a larger problem. If you notice fruit flies in your home, it’s worth investigating the source of their presence as they may be a sign of more serious problems such as:
- Leaking septic tank or sewage pipe
- Leaking water pipe
Virtually any organic matter can house them.
You might think that fruit flies love only certain fruits, or maybe you’ve been told they are attracted to rotting fruit. But the truth is that virtually any organic matter can house them. If a fly finds a place where there is food and moisture — and they will find it — they will lay eggs and start breeding. Fruit flies are also attracted to yeast, sugar and alcohol; yellow fabrics such as plastic or paper; garbage cans (including fast food wrappers); rotten meat; decaying plants; rotting feces from animals; dead insects like bees and wasps.
Fruit flies can transport dangerous bacteria.
- They carry more than 100 different kinds of bacteria.
- Their saliva can spread food-borne illnesses like salmonella and E. coli.
- They can transmit the bacteria that cause diarrhea, dysentery and typhoid fever.
Their bodies are the perfect size to crawl into your food.
The fruit fly is a tiny creature that has a body about the size of a sesame seed. This makes them the perfect bug to crawl into your food and lay eggs, which then hatch into more fruit flies and make your home smell like rotting garbage. Fruit flies also reproduce quickly—a single pair can turn into millions of fruit flies within weeks or months!
To prevent this from happening, keep any food you have stored in airtight containers or sealed plastic bags. Also keep your kitchen clean so there isn’t debris lying around for the fruit flies to land on.
They don’t just live in the kitchen.
Fruit flies are found everywhere, and you might be surprised to learn where they hang out. They can be found in your bathroom around the toilet, drains, or sink. Fruit flies are attracted to water, so this is a logical place for them to gather.
They also tend to congregate around garbage bins and pet food bowls. Fruit flies love rotting fruit and vegetables as well as any other decaying matter such as food waste from leftovers. This means that if you have a trash can full of moldy vegetables or something similar on your countertop then it’s possible that fruit flies will flock there instead of the kitchen (or both).
Their eggs can survive for a long time without hatching.
Fruit flies are able to lay hundreds of eggs at a time, and these eggs can survive for a long time without hatching. In fact, fruit fly eggs can remain dormant for many months or even years if the conditions are not conducive to their life cycle. Most commonly, this means that the temperature is too low; however, there are other factors that can affect how long an egg will remain dormant before hatching. Additionally, many types of fruit flies lay their eggs in food sources like rotting fruit or leftover food scraps.
Fruit flies lay their eggs in all sorts of places: on your lunch bag as you walk out the door each morning; on your countertop while preparing dinner; inside a jar of pickles you forgot about three years ago but have kept anyway because no one eats them anyway so what’s it matter?
You may think that by storing such foods in cool areas (like refrigerators) will protect them from breeding activity—and you would be wrong! Fruit flies can often breed successfully at temperatures below 68 degrees Fahrenheit (20 degrees Celsius) and even at cooler temperatures than this when there is sufficient moisture available for larvae development within six hours after laying their first batch of eggs. So next time you put something aside for storage in your fridge only to forget about it until some point down the road where it has become infested with pesky little pests don’t blame yourself too much: Your fridge plays no role whatsoever in keeping things safe from these insects’ advances!
A few tips for getting rid of them include using vinegar, using a fruit fly trap, and keeping other food waste covered.
To get rid of fruit flies, you can use vinegar, which is a natural insecticide. You can also use fruit fly traps to catch them while they are buzzing around your kitchen. Keeping food covered will prevent them from getting in and laying their eggs on your produce and other foods.
If you have more than one fruit fly problem in your home or office, there’s a good chance that it’s due to larger issues with sanitation or cleanliness. They are attracted to wet spots on the countertop or sink drain where there is leftover food debris (think about how much water was used for washing dishes). Even if you wash all of this away with bleach once a week, it’s not enough—fruit flies will still be able to find their way into these areas if you don’t take care of them soon enough!
Fruit flies can be more than just an annoyance.
Flies can also be a health hazard. Fruit flies are notorious for carrying bacteria on their bodies, which they can then transfer to food or surfaces that you touch with your hands. They may also crawl into your food, lay eggs in it and then leave the larvae to hatch later on, meaning you could have fruit fly larvae in your kitchen just waiting for their time to emerge!
So next time you see a fly buzzing around the kitchen countertop or fruit bowl, don’t just swat it away with frustration—do something about it! Get rid of those pests before they make themselves at home by taking care of some of these issues:
- Make sure that any food items aren’t left out overnight; if there’s too much moisture lying around on countertops or other surfaces where flies like to hang out (like garbage cans), make sure those areas get cleaned regularly as well.
- If you don’t want live insects crawling all over your produce or crawling through dirty dishes in the sink drain trapstack–and who does?–then keep those things sealed tightly inside containers until they’re ready for use again!
Fruit flies are more than just a nuisance in your kitchen. They can be a symptom of larger problems, such as rotting food or moldy dishes. So if you see them buzzing around your fruit or salad, it could be time to clean out that fridge or throw away those leftovers before they infect everything else!