Has this ever happened to you? You’re scrubbing a dish in the kitchen sink and see a tiny creature fly up out of the drain. Was that a gnat? Then you notice more of them flying around your kitchen. These annoying little guys are actually fruit flies. And if you’re wanting to know how they got in there and what can be done about them, you’re in the right place.
Fruit flies survive all over the U.S., and mate quickly. According to WebMD, “An adult female fruit fly can lay up to 2,000 eggs on the surface of anything that’s moist and rotting. Within 30 hours, tiny maggots hatch and start to eat the decayed food. Within two days, they’re all grown up and ready to mate.” Because they’re drawn to moisture and rotten food, they’ll head for your trash can, your overripe fruit and the kitchen drain, which is full of moisture and tiny chunks of food. Sometimes you’ll see them fly up out of the drain. This can be particularly likely if you have a partly clogged sink or disposal that empties slowly. This preserves more moisture and food debris that appeals to these insects and allows them to thrive and reproduce.
When fruit flies move from a dirty surface to a clean one, they carry germs with them. This may include listeria, salmonella and even E. coli. All of these bacteria can lead to serious cases of food poisoning.
Because of this bacterial risk, keep your surfaces clean at all times. Use a kitchen surface cleaner that kills bacteria. Don’t reuse sponges that can absorb, retain and transfer germs. It’s best to use paper towels and throw them away.
Bug sprays can kill off the adult fruit flies but won’t destroy the eggs. And you probably don’t want to apply insecticide all over your kitchen. Instead, run boiling water down your drain. Before bed, close off your drains with clear packing tape. Each morning, you should see some fruit flies stuck to it.
Here are other traps you can also try, all involving a jar:
To avoid attracting fruit flies:
If the above methods haven’t eliminated your fruit fly infestation, there may be a problem with your p-trap. That’s the part of your drain pipe bent in a u shape to trap water and stop foul air from moving up into your home. It also keeps flies from surviving in your pipes and flying up out of the drain. If your pipe has a leak and lacks a water seal, this can produce a fruit fly problem. Run the water and look below for a leak. If you see one, get it fixed right away. Leaky pipes can cause mold and structural damage to your home.
You should also call a plumber if your kitchen sink or garbage disposal is draining slowly. This problem not only helps breed fruit flies, but over time the sink drain can fully clog and become unusable. The Peachtree Service Experts plumbing team has the equipment, experience and know-how to diagnose the problem and fix it quickly. We use a video drain inspector to obviously see what’s happening in the pipes, and a variety of methods to clean them, depending on the type and severity of the blockage. If the problem is your garbage disposal, we can repair or replace it at a price you can afford. We also fix leaky pipes.
If you want any sort of plumbing service at all, call the professionals at Peachtree Service Experts. Whether we’re warming, cooling or making the water run, we take great pride in keeping our customers happy. With more than 4,000 team members, we can deliver and innovate better than anyone. Our can-do family attitude helps us get the job done on time, and right—the first time.
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