If you are like many midwesterners, you are still enjoying late summer fruits and vegetables. There is nothing better than cutting open a peach straight from the tree or slicing a tomato still warm from the sun, but there is also nothing worse, than anticipating that burst of flavor only to realize that your harvest is being enjoyed by fruit flies.
It seems like the tiny pests materialize out of nothing and gardeners and farmer’s market shoppers alike are left wondering, how the heck did these little boogers get indoors? As with most things, there is a scientific explanation for why the flies seem to always find the best of our veggies. Fruit flies are able to find fruit and vegetables from long distances because they detect the yeast that is produced by fermenting food. Unfortunately for homeowners, the pests have little trouble entering our houses because they are so tiny. They can even fit through most window screens.
So how can you prevent fruit flies? Your children would probably say, quit buying fruits and vegetables, but too bad for them, that probably won’t happen. Instead here are some tips from the National Pest Management Association:
- If you keep fresh fruit on the counter, check it often for signs of over-ripening or decay. Over-ripe fruit should be disposed of in a sealed trash can, outdoors. A female fruit fly lays an average of 500 eggs on the surface of fermenting fruit. You dont want those eggs hatching in your kitchen trash can!
- Run your garbage disposal regularly. Fruit flies LOVE the decaying food matter that accumulates down the drain.
- Wash or replace mops and sponges regularly. They also LOVE the old food particles these cleaning items gather.
- Dont keep dirty dishes around. Dirtied dishes gathered in your sink, particularly those with fruit remnants, and soiled dishes that sit for too long in an un-run dishwasher can also invite these flies.
We hope these tips help and you will be able to enjoy a few more servings of your summer bounty because of it!
Quik Kill Pest Eliminators can help you evaluate any potential pest problem you may have and suggest the best solution for your home or business. Give them a call at 800-525-0505.
On our Facebook page, we’ve tried to keep you updated on the most recent West Nile news for Illinois. and has been causing the largest outbreak of West Nile that the United States has seen since 2004. In Illinois, the number of cases of the disease are dramatically on the rise, with the number of humans infected nearly doubling from last week to a total of 48.
The health department reports almost all the cases in our state have turned up in Cook, Dupage, Lake, Kane and Kankakee counties. Luckily the number of people contracting the disease is still far below the Illinois peak 10 years ago when there was a total of 884 humans sick and 67 people who died as a result of the virus. Continue reading
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Why is that? Well, first of all, it is likely that what she has mistaken for aggressive bees is actually wasps. The way to tell the difference is that bees are hairy and wasps have smooth bodies. The life span of wasps is about one year. In late summer and early fall, the hive’s numbers begin to dwindle and the buzzers go in to hyper drive trying to feed the eggs that the queen has laid in the nest. Continue reading
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If you are planning on staying at a hotel, your first priority when you get into your room should be to place your luggage in the bathtub. It may seem strange advice, but believe us, this is the safest place for your bags while you inspect the room. Some people have even begun to travel with large garbage bags to keep their luggage in while they are on vacation. Continue reading
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With over 700 species of ants, there are a variety of reasons to want to avoid these bugs. Ants can contaminate food, destroy your property, they can smell bad when smashed and some species, like fire ants, can be very dangerous or even deadly if they bite humans. Continue reading
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