Fruit flies on squeezed lemon slice

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Have you ever wanted to start the day with a fruit smoothie? Then, just as you reach to add a banana, you suddenly have a start as you pull back your hand to see tiny flying insects? Forget that smoothie! What are these little pests that took over your ingredients?

You have the unwelcome company of fruit flies. These pesky flies can appear at any time during the year and are attracted to overly ripe or even rotting fruit or produce. They can also appear in bathrooms, around garbage disposals, buckets, and trash cans as they like warm moist areas. 

Once you’ve discovered fruit flies in your home, you will want to start cleaning right away! Not only are they annoying but they can also carry diseases such as E. coli and salmonella. Be sure to wipe down any surfaces and drains, wash your hands if they landed on you and be sure to wash any fruit before eating it just in case they landed on it as well!

The first step is to toss whatever has attracted them into your home to the outside trash can. While you may think they are gone, it is also important to remove any batches of eggs that may have already been laid in your home.

A female fruit fly can mate and lay several batches of eggs during their lifespan. If DIY methods – like mixing dish soap with apple cider vinegar in a bowl to set a trap – doesn’t work, it may be time to call in the professionals.

We’ve been assisting residents of Pensacola, FL, & surrounding areas with quality pest control service since 1995. Contact us today to help with your fruit fly issues, or any pests control issues! We’ll help keep pests out of your home and maybe tomorrow you’ll have that banana smoothie!