No one wants flies near their food, but unfortunately, they are often seen hovering around garbage cans and our dinner plates. Flies can carry harmful bacteria, such as salmonella, which can make humans very sick. To avoid attracting fruit flies to your home or restaurant, keep trash bins tightly closed and don’t let food sit out for long periods of time. One of the most common species of flies found in the restaurant industry is small fruit flies (or vinegar flies).
While we typically think of flies as being attracted to garbage, they are also drawn to our food. This is because they are looking for something sweet or rotting – two things that are often found in our meals. For this reason, it is important to keep our trash bins tightly closed and not let food sit out for long periods of time. If we can do this, then flies will be less likely to bother us.
What Is A Fruit Fly And Why Are They A Problem?
Fruit flies, or Drosophila melanogaster, are a common type of fly that is found all over the world. They are attracted to sweet, sticky things, such as fruit, jam, and syrup. They can also be found near rotting food or garbage.
Common house flies can carry harmful bacteria, such as salmonella, on their bodies. When they land on food, they can transfer the bacteria to the food. This can make humans very sick. In fact, salmonella is one of the most common causes of food poisoning in the United States.
House flies are a problem because they transmit hundreds of pathogens via their saliva and waste. They also soil food products by laying eggs inside of them.
How To Get Rid Of Fruit Flies Near Food
There are several ways to get rid of fruit flies. The most effective way of removing house flies is to eliminate their food source. This can be done by keeping trash bins tightly closed and not letting food sit out for long periods of time. You can also clean the area where the flies are landing with a disinfectant. Make sure to keep screen doors and windows well maintained and properly working which will not only stop flies from entering but also other flying insects such as mosquitoes.
Another way to get rid of a fruit fly or house flies is to trap them. There are several types of traps that can be used, such as an apple cider vinegar trap or a fruit/house fly trap. This simple but effective trap will soon catch any remaining adult flies which can then be killed or released outdoors.
There are not only likely to be higher numbers of flies but a greater chance they’ll be in contact with dead animals and animal waste. There is no shortage of opportunities for flies in the city either but, for the most part, insecticides and improved hygiene standards assist in fly control and minimizing the risk of contact with contaminated substances. Ensure your food is covered while preparing, cooking, and serving outdoors, and don’t leave “leftovers” sitting about outside for the flies.
Finally, if all else fails, you can use an insecticide to get rid of the flies and provide fly control. Be sure to read the label carefully to make sure it is safe to use around food.
Preventing Fruit Flies & House Flies From Coming Back
Once you have gotten rid of a fruit fly and/or house fly problem, it is important to take measures to prevent them from coming back. One way to do this is to keep your home or restaurant clean. Make sure to clean up any food or garbage spills and wipe down all surfaces with a disinfectant. Also, keep window screens well maintained.
Fruit flies are naturally attracted to water, sugar, broth, and soluble food stuff, which they feed on and lay eggs in. The best way to prevent house flies is to make these breeding sites inaccessible. This can be done by getting rid of any rotting fruit or vegetables and keeping your drains clean. Fruit flies can breed in garbage disposals, mop buckets, and garbage cans. Females lay close to 500 eggs at once. These eggs hatch in roughly 24 hours. It is very important to remove their breeding site, and not just kill adult flies.
Flies can not only be a nuisance, but also a health hazard. They are attracted to garbage and food and can carry harmful bacteria on their bodies. There are several ways to get rid of flies, including eliminating their food source, trapping them, and using an insecticide. It is important to take measures to prevent fruit flies from coming back.