5 Ways to get rid of those pesky fruit flies

Tips and tricks for your commercial kitchen

Blog post on 31/10/2018 under

Do you have a problem with fruit flies in your kitchen? Utilize these 5 handy tips and tricks on how to get rid of them once and for all.

The most important thing to note when combating fruit, vinegar or sugar flies is that they are extremely hard to exclude compared to regular flies. You can keep regular house flies out of your kitchen closed doors, windows and fly screens however fruit flies are so tiny that they mostly hide in plain sight, sneaking through tiny cracks in windows or coming in on or in your fruit and vegetables.

What makes fruit flies so persistent is their incredibly fast life cycle. 24 hours after a female fruit fly lays eggs, larvae hatch and within 7 days they are full grown adults. They live for several weeks, surviving off any fermenting fruit or vegetables which are starting to go bad. Fruit flies also love to feed on organic material which is present in moist or wet drains in your kitchen.

So how do you get rid of fruit flies if you can’t keep them out? Here are 5 ways to get rid of these persistent pests once and for all.

1. REMOVE ANY OFFENDING FRUIT AND VEGETABLES

First, you need to get rid of any fruit, vegetables or other organic matter that is over ripe, fermenting or going off. There’s a high chance fruit flies are continuing to lay eggs under the skin of these fruits or vegetables.

2. ELIMINATE STANDING WATER OR MOISTURE

Fruit flies need moisture to breed. It’s important to get rid of any standing water or moisture sources in your kitchen. Common places to find standing water include; Empty bottles and cans, areas around drains and sinks, water under ice machines, loose or missing tiles, mop heads (fruit flies can feed off the food bacteria in mop heads) and coffee machines & coffee grounds.

3. REMOVE FLY BREEDING GROUNDS WITH AN BIO-ACTIVE FOAMING AGENT 

Fruit fly breeding grounds must be eliminated if you want to have any chance of eliminating them completely. Fruit flies love to set up camp in drain systems under kitchens, as they feed off all the organic matter within the drains, where it’s also damp and moist. The most effective way to eliminate fruit fly breeding grounds in drains is within a bio-active foaming agent. The activated foam digests and breaks down the organic matter and scum, removing the fruit flies food source.

We have specially formulated Greenheart Bugfoam as our preferred bio-active foaming agent. It’s the perfect combatant for fruit fly breeding grounds. It is extremely easy to apply, and upkeep is really easy. it also is a very inexpensive treatment for a persistent problem.

Click here to learn more about Greenheart Bugfoam

4. TRY A HOME REMEDY – MAKE A VINEGAR TRAP

Home remedies may be more effective in smaller residential kitchens, however feel free to try this one out in your commercial kitchen. A popular method is by making a vinegar trap. To do this, place a small amount of vinegar in the bottom of a cup. Do not use white vinegar, only apple cider vinegar, balsamic or red wine. Cover the top tightly with plastic wrap, and tighten with a elastic band around the cover. Poke some holes in the plastic wrap with a pin or knife and place the finished trap in your kitchen. The flies will crawl in and wont be able to crawl out.

5. SET UP A COMMERCIAL FRUIT FLY TRAP

There are specifically designed fruit fly traps for commercial kitchens. The most popular and effective option is the nectar fruit fly trap. The nectar uses UV light to draw in fruit flies onto removable trays which are filled with a liquid attractant, and fruit scented glue boards to attract flies. The wide range of mounting options and the light directional shield of the Nectar trap allows it to be configured in lots of different ways. A popular setup is to place the Nectar trap inconspicuously within a food display window counter, which keeps the caught insects out of the customers sight. By placing the Nectar trap in the food counter, it ensures that flying insects entering the window are quickly lured away from potential food.

At Envirocare Systems we fit and supply Nectar fly traps, so call us on 1300 557 987 to get rid of those fruit flies straight away.