Pittsburgh's Guide To The Obnoxious Fruit Fly

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Nobody wants to deal with bug infestations in their homes. While pests of all kinds can be frustrating, flying bugs are especially a pain. They can be difficult to get rid of and hard to kill as they fly around from place to place. If you’re dealing with flying pests in your Pittsburgh home, it is important to get rid of them as quickly as possible. But the first step to getting rid of them is to identify which kind you’re dealing with. 

How do you identify fruit flies?

When you notice small, flying bugs in your kitchen, you might be wondering what kind of bugs they are. While fruit flies can seem similar to gnats, there are some ways to tell them apart. 
Characteristics of fruit flies:

  • Oval-shaped
  • Range from tan to dark brown color
  • Bright red eyes

Because fruit flies are small, much tinier than a common housefly, it can be hard to identify them just by looking. The best way to determine if you have fruit flies is to notice where they tend to flock. Fruit flies are attracted to the smell of rotting fruits and vegetables. You will notice them around these foods in your kitchen. Also, they are attracted to the smell of other sweet foods and drinks such as sodas and sports drinks. (If you notice small flies around your drains, these are most likely drain flies, not fruit flies.)

How do fruit flies come out of nowhere, and how do you identify them?

An infestation of fruit flies might seem to appear out of nowhere, as if by magic. You might be wondering how these pests got into your home and where they come from. While they can fly in through open windows or doors, the most common way fruit flies get into homes is by coming in on fruit from the grocery store in the form of fruit fly eggs.

Tips for keeping fruit flies out of your Pittsburgh home

There are a few tips you can follow to try and keep fruit flies from camping out in your kitchen.

  • Don’t leave food out.
  • If you do, make sure to cover it.
  • Throw away fruits or vegetables that are getting too ripe.
  • Throw out dead plants.
  • Keep your kitchen clean.
  • Take your trash out often
  • Call a professional

The Best Way to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

While keeping your kitchen clean and free of items that attract fruit flies can help, the best way to get rid of these pests and keep them away is to call the professionals at Witt Pest Management. Our pest control program will get rid of fruit flies as well as any other household pests. Just give us a call today! 

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