Late summer every year, fruit flies invade homes that have ripe, rotting, or decayed fruit (liquor and liquor/beer bottles) and many times the flies are actually coming from the store you purchased them from. They also breed in drains and kitchen garbage’s.
Here is the scary part about fruit flies, females are able to lay about 500 eggs and they can all hatch in about a day - in ideal temperature conditions. These puny flies can contaminate food with bacteria and other pathogens.
To avoid a full blown infestation, store fruits and vegetables in air-tight containers or refrigerators. Regularly clean sink drains, garbage disposals and any place where food waste gathers. Fruit flies go through a four-stage life cycle: beginning as eggs, then larval and pupal stages before emerging as adults. To help stop an infestation, bacterial digesters can be used in infested drains (bleach just doesn’t work) and fruit fly traps such as sticky pads work well, as does apple cider vinegar in a bowl.
Go Green Pest Control owner Randy Bilesky is a long-time South Delta resident. Trained and certified, Bilesky has first-hand knowledge of the pest problems that local homeowners and business owners encounter.