Saturday, July 4, 2020

Fruit Flies Infest Our Foods in the Kitchen

A fruit fly on the banana (credit to Battlefords News-Optimist)

It is started from Spring until recently, we found a lot of fruit flies hovers around in the kitchen. They are infesting on:
- any fruits, but I observe mainly on ripe bananas
- fermented drinks like wine and beer.
- many sweet drinks include milk, coffee and tea
- rotting and decaying foods.

The flies life span is quite short, they live for several weeks only. One adult may produce 500 eggs. In our home, the eggs are found on:
- buckets, mop buckets
- garbage disposals
- drains
- trash cans


Very simple trap.


The eggs hatched, at room temperature then develop into several stages:
- lava, take about 8 days
- pupas, around 6 days
- adult for several weeks

Are fruit flies dangerous?

Yes, it is because they are carry bacteria that may contaminate foods in our kitchen, some of bacteria are:
- Salmonella
- E. coli
- Listeria sp

How to reduce or eradicate fruit flies at home? At least, there are 4 simple methods:
1- We never let ripe fruits on the kitchen table, but we should store them in refrigerator or discard them.
2- Find out the exact location of their breeding areas
3- Keep the drain as clean as possible by flushing drain with water (hot water).
4- We can make simple trap by using glass jar (please see above picture)

Do you see fruit flies in your kitchen in this summer? Do you know how to trap them?

31 comments:

  1. I hate flies. It is the animal that most disgusts me.
    Seeing them at home is a headache for me.
    I always try to extreminate them. I try to be as careful as possible with the most ripe fruits, not having them like these pigs
    .
    Happy weekend
    best regards

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  2. Tanza, No fruit flies here for about a year and then there were just a couple hanging around some bananas. Stay Safe and Take Care, Big Daddy Dave

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  3. ...when in was in college my roommate had a summer job in a food processing plants and he did fruit fly tests!

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  4. We see them in August here. Keeping the plugs in the drain and the fruit in the fridge takes care of them.

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  5. İnteresting post 😊 thanks for your sharing 😊

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    1. Thanks -
      Fruit Flies Infest Our Foods in the Kitchen
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      A fruit fly on the banana (credit to Battlefords News-Optimist)

      It is started from Spring until recently, we found a lot of fruit flies hovers around in the kitchen. They are infesting on:
      - any fruits, but I observe mainly on ripe bananas
      - fermented drinks like wine and beer.
      - many sweet drinks include milk, coffee and tea
      - rotting and decaying foods.

      The flies life span is quite short, they live for several weeks only. One adult may produce 500 eggs. In our home, the eggs are found on:
      - buckets, mop buckets
      - garbage disposals
      - drains
      - trash cans

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  6. I had this small flies sometimens and it bothered me for a long time but I also found something on it and it really helps. Put a fragrant herbal plant near your fruit. The flies don't like the smell of basil, dill or sage. Or put some cloves, garlic or sprigs of lavender between the fruit: they also find that smell dirty.

    And this is also a tip: Take a small, plastic container with a lid. Put something with sugar or yeast in it, for example some honey, a mixture of water and (cider)vinegar, wine, overripe fruit or syrup. Pierce a small hole in the lid.
    No lid? Use plastic foil that you stretch tightly over the container (e.g. with an elastic band) and prick a small hole in it. The fruit flies crawl in through the hole, but can't find their way out after that. Put the trap somewhere where the fruitflies don't bother you, so not in the middle of the kitchen: you don't want to lure them there. Stay safe and greetings from NL

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  7. Oh, no, flies... Really I don't want them in my kitchen! I use to cover fruits and food and my cat is also helpful :-)

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  8. I see fruit flies in my kitchen :/

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  9. Replies
    1. Thanks -
      Fruit Flies Infest Our Foods in the Kitchen
      -
      Very simple trap.


      The eggs hatched, at room temperature then develop into several stages:
      - lava, take about 8 days
      - pupas, around 6 days
      - adult for several weeks

      Are fruit flies dangerous?

      Yes, it is because they are carry bacteria that may contaminate foods in our kitchen, some of bacteria are:
      - Salmonella
      - E. coli
      - Listeria sp

      How to reduce or eradicate fruit flies at home? At least, there are 4 simple methods:
      1- We never let ripe fruits on the kitchen table, but we should store them in refrigerator or discard them.
      2- Find out the exact location of their breeding areas
      3- Keep the drain as clean as possible by flushing drain with water (hot water).
      4- We can make simple trap by using glass jar (please see above picture)

      Do you see fruit flies in your kitchen in this summer? Do you know how to trap them?

      Delete
  10. In summer, fruit flies are a real curse.

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  11. Hello,
    I have never seen the fruit flies in our home. We do not keep much sitting out. Thanks for the info. Enjoy your day, have a great new week!

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  12. They can become annoying if you get them. We haven't seen one in years.

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    1. Thanks -
      Fruit Flies Infest Our Foods in the Kitchen
      -
      A fruit fly on the banana (credit to Battlefords News-Optimist)

      It is started from Spring until recently, we found a lot of fruit flies hovers around in the kitchen. They are infesting on:
      - any fruits, but I observe mainly on ripe bananas
      - fermented drinks like wine and beer.
      - many sweet drinks include milk, coffee and tea
      - rotting and decaying foods.

      The flies life span is quite short, they live for several weeks only. One adult may produce 500 eggs. In our home, the eggs are found on:
      - buckets, mop buckets
      - garbage disposals
      - drains
      - trash cans

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  13. I got a bad infestation once and used the same kind of trap for them. Once trapped, I stuck them in the freezer to kill them.

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  14. When the house is warm & humid, we will see them on occassion...didn't know they carry diseases tho.

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  15. Hi Tanza.
    Yes, I do. I see fuit flies im my kitchen, not only in the summer but almost all the year. Here in Rio is very hot.
    I liked the simple trap.
    kisses
    Chris


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  16. This year flies seem to be very big. Fortunately there aren't many that come into our house. I usually manage to show them the way out by arranging them to fly towards daylight.

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  17. So true. I too noticed that ripe fruits attract fruit flies.

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    1. Thanks -
      Fruit Flies Infest Our Foods in the Kitchen
      -
      Very simple trap.


      The eggs hatched, at room temperature then develop into several stages:
      - lava, take about 8 days
      - pupas, around 6 days
      - adult for several weeks

      Are fruit flies dangerous?

      Yes, it is because they are carry bacteria that may contaminate foods in our kitchen, some of bacteria are:
      - Salmonella
      - E. coli
      - Listeria sp

      How to reduce or eradicate fruit flies at home? At least, there are 4 simple methods:
      1- We never let ripe fruits on the kitchen table, but we should store them in refrigerator or discard them.
      2- Find out the exact location of their breeding areas
      3- Keep the drain as clean as possible by flushing drain with water (hot water).
      4- We can make simple trap by using glass jar (please see above picture)

      Do you see fruit flies in your kitchen in this summer? Do you know how to trap them?

      Delete
  18. Nasty little things! We always see them in Autumn and then can’t leave any fruit on the counter. This time of year (summer) it is not a problem. I let tomatoes ripen and bananas stay out ...no bugs. But in October that will change.

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  19. Oh no, we have them. gonna try that trap.

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  20. I see a fly every now and then, but don't know if it's of the fruit species. I try to get 'em with a rolled up magazine. If that doesn't work, Raid.

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    1. Thanks -
      Fruit Flies Infest Our Foods in the Kitchen
      -
      A fruit fly on the banana (credit to Battlefords News-Optimist)

      It is started from Spring until recently, we found a lot of fruit flies hovers around in the kitchen. They are infesting on:
      - any fruits, but I observe mainly on ripe bananas
      - fermented drinks like wine and beer.
      - many sweet drinks include milk, coffee and tea
      - rotting and decaying foods.

      The flies life span is quite short, they live for several weeks only. One adult may produce 500 eggs. In our home, the eggs are found on:
      - buckets, mop buckets
      - garbage disposals
      - drains
      - trash cans

      Delete
  21. So glad you found a trap for these pests! I was staying with my parents a few years ago when they had a terrible infestation. I think they brought it home from some peaches they bought at a produce stand. Anyway, (many, many, many fruit flies later) they tried a trip similar to yours, and thankfully it worked. Here's to bacteria-free produce for all!

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    1. Thanks -
      Fruit Flies Infest Our Foods in the Kitchen
      -
      Very simple trap.


      The eggs hatched, at room temperature then develop into several stages:
      - lava, take about 8 days
      - pupas, around 6 days
      - adult for several weeks

      Are fruit flies dangerous?

      Yes, it is because they are carry bacteria that may contaminate foods in our kitchen, some of bacteria are:
      - Salmonella
      - E. coli
      - Listeria sp

      How to reduce or eradicate fruit flies at home? At least, there are 4 simple methods:
      1- We never let ripe fruits on the kitchen table, but we should store them in refrigerator or discard them.
      2- Find out the exact location of their breeding areas
      3- Keep the drain as clean as possible by flushing drain with water (hot water).
      4- We can make simple trap by using glass jar (please see above picture)

      Do you see fruit flies in your kitchen in this summer? Do you know how to trap them?

      Delete
  22. I'll have to keep this in mind for when the fruit flies come!

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  23. thanks for the suggestion to trap fruit flies, but for bananas you can't get into the fridge because it will blacken as far as I know

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