Name: Fruit Fly
Most species breed in various kinds of decaying plant and fungal material, including fruit, bark, slime fluxes, flowers, and mushrooms. Anywhere fruit is decaying. They are very apparent where fruit has fallen and rotted. Sometimes big clouds of fruit flies will rise in the air when you disturb them. They also like glasses of fruit juice or wine and can be seen buzzing a glassful, or floating on the surface.
Adults feed on decaying fruit and other decaying food matter, as well as they drink nectar or other sugary solutions in ponds, marshes or swamps. Larvae feed on yeast growing on the surfaces of healthy and decaying, fermenting fruits.
Method of Travel:
The wings of a fly are capable of beating at up to 220 times per second.
1. Dispose of fruits, vegetables and other foods before they become overripe and begin to decay; store cooked foods swiftly and appropriately; seal all stored foods in containers with air-tight lids. But even when practicing prevention, fruit flies will sometimes maintain a consistent presence in our homes.
Steps to control:
Remove the food sources attracting the flies. Fruit flies have a life-cycle of 10 days giving them plenty of time to punish you for leaving moist, fermenting, organic material in which they may lay eggs. Most fly trap ideas only serve to illustrate the flies’ progress in taking over your home, and some will themselves provide a breeding ground. Sanitation is the only effective resolution! Address these frequent problem spots: Wash all dishes. Clear the drains. Launder the dishrags, or at least wash them thoroughly with soap, rinse them well and wring them dry before hanging them up. Don’t leave them in the sink.
Keep your house clean, and throw away rotting fruit.
- Store trash in a covered bin.
- Do not toss food garbage into waste-paper baskets.
- Cover your fruit bowl or store fruit you wish to keep in the refrigerator. Also, raisins, dates and prunes are favorite attractants.
- Use or discard all overripe fruit.
- Clean opened containers of fruit juice, fermented or vinegar products, for example ketchup, siracha or cooking wine. Seal them well. Keep these in the refrigerator if possible.
- Wipe up crumbs and spills from your cabinets, counter and floor.
- Take out all trash; do not re-use the plastic liner garbage bags.
- Clean the seals of your refrigerator door, the top and under the fridge especially clean the evaporation pan if it has one.
- Clean under and around your dishwasher and stove.
- Dump mop water, clean the pail, and launder the mop rag.
- Remove damp lint from the laundry room.
- Take out your compost and keep your collection bin covered and food additions to your pile buried beneath yard waste.
- Do not use manure or lake water for fertilizer near the house.
- Use screens for your doors and windows.
- Put a household fan near the most vulnerable areas (fruit bowl) and keep it blowing across the fruit. The flies cannot land in a cross wind. If doing this then put any bottle trap etc away from the fruit as it won’t work either. 16. 16.Put new soft fruit in a brown bag, this helps it ripen but also keeps the fruit flies away from the easiest targets. They will have more difficulty with harder skinned fruit that you can leave out.
- Put a piece of old skinless fruit and some wine, or some balsamic vinegar in a bowl (think like the flies) into the Mosquito Shield Fruit Fly Trap.