An infestation of fruit flies suggests rotting fruit or vegetation, stale beer or wine, blocked drains etc. somewhere close by.
The fruit flies are also known as vinegar flies and drain flies. Drosophila melanogaster is the common fruit fly (technically a vinegar fly) and has been used extensively in the development of the science of genetics over the last fifty years because if it rapid breeding habits.
First find the fly breeding sites. Fruit flies are strongly attracted to fermenting liquid, with potential breeding sites including:
Clean these areas to remove organic matter and odours that attract flies and provide food for breeding flies. Kiwicare SORTED cleaners are ideal for cleaning and removal of organic material around bins and drains.
It is best to keep flies from entering but this is often not possible even with mesh screens on windows and doors. Aerosol fly sprays can knock down fruit flies in a room but only work for a short time and people or pets in the room will be inhaling insecticide as well.
DO NOT SPRAY FRUIT OR VEGETABLES for consumption. Dispose of any ripe or rotting material which is likely to attract fruit flies.
A bait can be made up using NO Bugs Super and sugar with a little vinegar. Place the bait well away from the house or outdoor living space so that flies are attracted away from you.
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