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Identify Pest: Fruit Flies–Infestations and Fruit Fly Problems

fruit-fly-infestationFruit Flies have the potential to contaminate fresh foods with bacteria and other disease-producing organisms. To some, it is a frightening ordeal when, in only two weeks time, under their ideal environmental conditions, a few Fruit Flies can quickly evolve into a serious infestation problem of one million, and keep growing. With Fruit Flies, time is definitely NOT on your side.

Fruit Flies Quickly Multiply into a Big Problem

Fruit flies are tiny insects (only 1/8 of an inch fully grown). The Fruit Fly has red eyes with a tan front and a black back. They are most noticeable in the Summer and Fall months when their food supply of rotting fruit and vegetables are the most common. Fruit Flies are a year-round insect; present wherever foods and fruit are allowed to rot and ferment. Fruit Flies have a very short life cycle of approximately one week. However, they are prolific reproducers. In a brief couple of days in its adult stage, a single Fruit Fly can lay over 500 eggs. Fruit Flies have such short lifespans and reproduce so quickly, many research facilities use them to study Genetics.

When Fruit Flies enter the confines of a home, restaurant, grocery, supermarket, food processing plant, food distribution warehouse, or wherever food may be overly ripening or decaying, they can quickly cause an enormous infestation problem. Fruit Flies lay their eggs on decaying food and within its extremely short life cycle, hundreds of additional Fruit Flies will emerge. Fruit Flies can also lay their eggs in sink or floor drains, mops, garbage disposals, empty bottles, and trash containers.

Integrated Pest Management for Fruit Flies

So if you think you may have even a small Fruit Fly problem, call the pros at Knockout Pest Control now. As part of Knockout Pest Controls comprehensive Integrated Green Pest Management program, the pest will be identified, and all existing and potential breeding areas will be located and eliminated. Unless these areas are removed or conditions addressed the problems will continue. Using a series of effective measures including targeted pesticides and possibly Fruit Fly traps will be deployed.

Knockout Pest Control always follows the five steps of Green Pest Management — assessment, treatment, and maintenance programs that are both Earth-friendly and target and control pests without any negative impact to homes, businesses, people, or the environment. And our expert Knockout Pest Control Tech will review all the possible prevention techniques to avoid future infestation problems AND some insights to the Fruit Fly’s biology and behavior so the home and business owner can be made aware of any unexpected problems, especially if the homeowner may have canned fruits & vegetables, or the business packages produce. Speak to a qualified professional who has the answers to all of your questions and solutions to all your pest control problems — a Knockout Pest Control Technician.

Knockout Pest Control Can Knock Out Fruit Flies

Knockout Pest Control is your local expert at knocking out Fruit Flies, and we keep them down for the count. Every member of our team receives over 100 hours of classroom instruction and in-the-field training so you are guaranteed a knockout punch to your pest problem every time. We serve all of Long Island, New York City, and Westchester and Rockland Counties. Call 1-800-244-PEST or 1-800-244-7378 We respond like every pest problem is an emergency with fast, 24 hour service seven days a week. We don’t have the big red boxing glove in our logo for nothing!

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