If you have fruit flies in your drain, it’s probably because there are food particles stuck to the sides of it. The more flies you see means the possibility of more fly eggs around.
This is a favorite place for fruit flies to breed, but why?
When people start seeing fruit flies in their homes, the quickly get rid of any aging fruit around and give their kitchen a thorough cleaning. But because the inside of your sink in hard to see, it usually gets missed.
The fruit flies love this spot for this reason, as they can keep breeding there over and over again, without having to find a new spot.
Each time a female fruit fly lays her eggs, she can lay up to 500 eggs at a time. Within a few hours, these eggs will turn into larva, and then eventually, adult flies. And this is how a fruit fly infestation begins.
So, what do you do about it?
Something as simple as pouring hot water down your drain, a few times a day, will prevent the eggs from transitioning.
And, each time you do this, you will be washing more and more of the sludge away that has been accumulating in your drain. Eventually, all the food particles will be gone, and there will be nothing left for the fruit flies to breed on.
They travel up to 6 -1/2 miles in a 24 hour period with the keen ability to smell food from great distances while swarming towards moisture and fermentation of about any kind. You won’t get rid of them by brushing them out of the house.
Here is the problem with flies:
- They lay eggs everywhere invisible to the naked eye.
- They reproduce in masses in an extremely short amount of time.
- They hatch almost instantly.
And yes, they can make you really sick. It is important to get rid of the foods that they have infected. The cases of sickness from fruit flies have been severe but not life-threatening cases have happened as far as we know.
Fruit flies breed bacteria. Any food item that’s left out long enough will become quickly infected. If you are having a dinner party outside for instance and you leave out a bowl of chips for a couple of hours, these chips can easily become infected with bacteria and who knows what else.
Finally, you will need to trap and kill the adult flies quickly, before they keep reproducing.
Once you have done this, you can move on to the other places fruit flies can breed, and make sure you have gotten them all.
Here are the simple things you can do to avoid fruit flies:
- Keep all foods covered at all times.
- Keep windows sealed when food is out.
- Discard Foods that are just beginning to spoil.
- Do not eat foods where fruit flies have landed.
Clean out anything that attracts moisture such as sinks, juice containers, trash cans, etc.
They look for anything moist including foods that shows potential signs of fermentation. It is important to keep foods covered as much as possible.
Sealing windows and doors is recommended too though this will likely not be enough to get rid of these pests.