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How To Keep Fruit Fly Infestations Away From Your Terre Haute Home

a fruit fly on fruit

Nothing can be more frustrating than to see some amazing fruit start to ripen before its time and quickly be covered in small, annoying pests. The common fruit fly is mostly a nuisance pest, as fruit flies do not bite humans, but they can cause skin irritation in some with allergic reactions. A rash or cluster of red bumps may be visible on the skin, though fruit flies do not “attack” humans.

The fruit fly is not a welcome addition to your Terre Haute home. At Action Pest Control, we know just how pesky this pest can be, and are here to take the steps to eliminate them from your home for good.

How To Tell If It's Fruit Flies In Your Terre Haute Home

Fruit flies are commonly found, as the name implies, around decaying fruits. If that signal isn’t enough, fruit flies are easily seen with the naked eye. Ranging in size from 1/10 to 1/5 of an inch, these pests are typically yellow, brown, or black in color. They often have red eyes. 

The larvae of the fruit fly will be an off-white color. The female fruit fly can lay up to 2,000 eggs on the surface of anything that is moist and rotting. Within 30 hours, tiny maggots will hatch and start to eat the decaying food on which they were laid. It only takes two days for the flies to mature, at which time they too can mate. While the flies only live eight to 15 days, this rapid rate of reproduction means you may have the problem for a long time to come.

Is It Safe To Eat Something A Fruit Fly Has Landed On In Terre Haute?

While many consider the fruit fly a simple annoyance, the truth is that these pests can also be a health hazard. The bugs carry dangerous bacteria and germs which stick to the body of the fruit fly then transfer to food or hands as the pest flies and lands on surfaces. The bacteria fruit flies carry can cause several health problems, such as diarrhea. We at Action Pest Control suggest you frequently wash your hands to prevent the spread of such bacteria. Additionally, be sure to thoroughly wash any fruits or vegetables as soon as you bring them home. While the foods can then be safe to prepare, it is important to be sure all foods that have come into contact with fruit flies are well cleaned before use.

Fruit Fly Prevention Tips For Terre Haute Homes

Prevent fruit flies in your Terre Haute home with a few basic steps, such as:

  • Consider keeping ripening fruit or vegetables in the refrigerator to slow the process.
  • Keep food on countertops covered and wash thoroughly if used for consumption.
  • Keep all garbage disposals and sinks clean and free of food waste.
  • Empty trash cans, especially those holding food waste, frequently and remove them from the property.

Taking a few basic steps to ensure your food is kept safe from fruit flies can help prevent the spread of bacteria and illness.

The Best Fly Control For Your Terre Haute Home

Ultimately, the best way to control fruit flies and other pests in your Terre Haute home is to entrust our professionals at Action Pest Control. We can provide a free estimate and inspect your home inside and out to pinpoint the causes and problems of any pests in your home. To keep any fruit flies from spreading illness in your home, we will follow up our inspection with a comprehensive treatment plan, as well as routine follow-up visits, to keep your Terre Haute home pest-free year-round.

We have the years of experience to take this problem off of your hands and remove this pest from your Terre Haute home. Call us today to take the first simple step in pest removal, and we’ll take it from there.