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The fruitfly is one of the most common pests found in and around the home. Fruitflies get their name because they tends to fly around sweet food like fruit. Although fruitflies will thrive on just about anything organic, fruitflies have become a major pest in the home due to the increase of vegetable and fruit consumption. People are eating more vegetables and fruit and with this consumption comes the increase of fruitflies. Fruitfly eggs are carried home on the produce when it is purchased at the grocery. Fruitfly eggs are already laid on the fruit or fruitfly adults simply hitch a ride on the foodstuff and emerge when unpacked. Developing fruitfly pupa are hard to see and typically go unnoticed. Within a few days of being brought home they will start to hatch.

Once in your kitchen, fruitflies will find a ready supply of food and attempt to establish themselves. Fruitflies love garbage disposals, garbage cans and fruit bowls. Washing produce will help to remove fruitfly eggs and pupae but it's hard to get 100% removed. Once they hatch, fruit flies will hover over the sink, garbage or fruit bowls searching for anything sweet to eat and lay eggs. They multiply quickly and will nest in several areas if there is a food supply to feed their larva. Fruitflies are small, about 1/8 of an inch, and have bright red to orange eyes which distinguishes a fruitfly from other species. Fruitfly eggs will hatch in less than two days and young will eat and pupate in under 8 days. Although infestations do not get huge, fruitflies will be persistent and aggravating if left unattended. The following video shows a closeup of two fruitflies where you can see their large red eyes.

Fruitfly Control

The best way to get fruitfly control is to first locate their food supply. If you eliminate what they are feeding and breeding on, fruitfly control will be quicker and more complete. Once you remove any food sources, the following treatment options work well for getting rid of fruit flies.

1) For most people, killing the fruit flies that are flying around with a space spray seems like the best thing to do. Space sprays are products that can be applied to the air and are safe for kitchens and other open areas where fruit flies like to hang around. For these locations, products like PT-565 is a good option. It uses pyrethrin as the active ingredient and is both fast acting with very little having to be applied for quick results. The organic choice equally effective. Known as FLYING INSECT KILLER it too will work quickly and will only require a little bit to be applied where you see activity. Both products can be used daily as needed but be prepared to use them quite a bit since neither will really "solve" the problem.

2) Since space sprays only kill adults, fruit flies will quickly replace the ones you've killed if you don't break their life cycle. One of the more effective products for doing this is the use of growth hormone like GENTROL AEROSOL. Odorless and easy to apply, Gentrol will break the cycle by preventing the eggs from developing into reproducing adults. It's good to use when the exact breeding location is unknown but the population keeps rebounding and you have an idea where it might be centered. Keep in mind the Gentrol is not an adulticide. That means it will not kill the adults you see; it only affects the young. So if you're seeing a lot of adults, you should get both the Gentrol (for long term control) and one of the space sprays mentioned under section 1).

3) Additionally, fruit flies can be caught with traps like the NATURAL CATCH FRUIT FLY TRAPS or FRUIT FLY GLASS TRAPS. Both can help keep down adult populations throughout the warm season without having to rely on the space sprays nearly as much. And since fruit flies tend to be active around food, the traps make it easy to treat these sensitive areas since you can set them right out in the open with no safety concerns or preparation like you must do every time you want to spray.

4) If you have a sink or drain system that is prone to having organic matter like food or grease build up, you'll need to pour some SURVIVORS down the drain a regular basis. It will eat away the organic matter the fruit flies need for reproduction. And spraying some GENTROL AEROSOL down the drain can really help as well.

This video shows how easy it is to treat for fruitflies in the home using some of the products mentioned above.

Fruitflies can be a persistent pest in the home. Though most common in the summer, they can persist throughout the winter if they find a location in the home on which to breed and nest. Treat with the Gentrol for long term control and keep some of the Fruitfly Traps out when adults are active. Use one of the space sprays to knock out persistent adults and you'll be able to keep them under control.

Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:

PT-565 Aerosol:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/pt-565-xlo

Organic Flying Insect Killer:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/organic/aerosol/flying-insect-killer-14-oz

Gentrol Aerosol:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/gentrol-aerosol-16-oz

Natural Catch Fruit Fly Trap:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/fly/natural-catch-fruit-fly-trap

Fruit Fly Glass Traps:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/pheromone-and-food/fruit-fly-glass-trap

Survivors:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/sanitizer/liquid/survivors

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Can you please tell me what spray would be best to get rid of fruit flies in my kitchen?
Thank you very much for your help!
Lisa

If you read through our short FRUIT FLY CONTROL ARTICLE, you'll see we have several products highlighted and explained. As explained, the most important thing for long term control is to remove anything you think they could be using for food. Once the sinks and garbage areas are cleaned and you believe the bulk of any food items have been removed, use the GENTROL AEROSOL for breaking their reproductive cycle and the FLYING INSECT KILLER for getting any adults lingering around from time to time. In some cases having a FRUIT FLY TRAP can help in areas which are too sensitive to treat every day. But the real key with this pest is getting them where the are reproducing.

Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:

Fruit Fly Control Article:  http://www.fruit-flies-fly.com/fruitflies/fruit-fly-control.html

Gentrol Aerosol:  http://www.bugspray.com/item/gentrol_aerosol.html

Flying Insect Killer:  http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/aerosols/flying-insect-killer-14-oz

Fruit Fly Trap:  http://www.bugspray.com/catalog/products/page322.html

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I've been seeing these little flies for the past week that I'm thinking might be fruit flies. They have reddish colored eyes and seem to like my garbage disposal. They don't bite but they sure are aggravating. What can I do to get rid of them?

Fruit flies seem to appear when it gets warm in the summer. They love many of the same summertime fruits and vegetables we all like to eat and once inside the home, can live in a lot of different locations. The first key is to remove anything organic they might find attractive. If you see them hanging around the garbage disposal, that's probably because there is some kind of food buildup which they're smelling. Give it a good cleaning and be sure to watch other areas around the home like trash cans, fruit bowls and house plants.

If you read our on line article about FRUIT FLY CONTROL, you'll learn they can breed rapidly and once inside, can be ever persistent. That being said, a good treatment with some GENTROL AEROSOL will do a great job at breaking their life cycle. Be sure to get all the local landing areas where you've been seeing them. Next, set out some FRUIT FLY TRAPS to help remove new ones that come home with groceries. They commonly hitch a ride home with people from local produce stands and the traps do a good job of removing these unwanted visitors before they're able to lay eggs and start a new cycle.

Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:

Fruit Fly Control:  http://www.fruit-flies-fly.com/fruitflies/fruit-fly-control.html

Gentrol Aerosol:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/insecticide/aerosol/gentrol-aerosol-16-oz

Fruit Fly Traps:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/fly/natural-catch-fruit-fly-trap

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Hi, I am wondering what chemical is in your natural fruit fly trap? Thanks so much.

Actually, there is no "chemical" in the FRUIT FLY TRAPS. The trap is really only that; a trap. Fruit flies enter but cannot escape so they are effectively controlled. Though this will help reduce local activity, in most cases you'll need to do some kind of fruit fly control as explained in our FRUIT FLY CONTROL ARTICLE.

Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:

Fruit Fly Traps:  http://www.bugspraycart.com/traps/fly/natural-catch-fruit-fly-trap

Fruit Fly Control Article:  http://www.fruit-flies-fly.com/fruitflies/fruit-fly-control.html

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I've been seeing these tiny flies with orange eyes in my kitchen. Any idea what they are?

Most likely fruitflies. They are small and like to hang around fruit, vegetables and other organic matter or food stuff. The key to getting control of the problem is to first identify where they might be nesting and remove any of the food they need to reproduce. Once this material has been removed, a good treatment using the products listed in our Fruitfly Control article should keep them under control.

Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:

Fruit Fly Control Article with Video:  http://www.fruit-flies-fly.com/fruitflies/fruit-fly-control.html

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I'd like to get rid of fruitflys once and for all. I seem to get them every year and I'm wondering if there is anything I can do before I get them to prevent the annual infestation?

Fruitflys are a seasonal pest that will be seen mostly when it's warm. Brought home with most any kind of produce, they are persistent once established in any building. One of the most effective ways to stop them getting out of control is to treat ahead of time with some Gentrol Aerosol. This is a growth regulator which prevents the eggs from maturing properly which means any you bring home won't be able to establish a complete breeding cycle. This is key if don't want to get the infestations it sounds like you're used to having. More information resides in our Fruitfly Control article with some other treatment options  but if you're wanting to do something now, before you have a problem, the Gentrol would be your best option.

Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:

Gentrol Aerosol:  http://www.bugspray.com/item/gentrol_aerosol.html

Fruit Fly Control Article:  http://www.fruit-flies-fly.com/fruitflies/fruit-fly-control.html

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There has been fruitflys in my garbage pail for over two months and they seem immune to the spraying I've been doing. It's been driving me crazy! I'll see 2-3, spray some flying insect killer so they're gone for the day but 2-3 days later they're back. I even stopped putting garbage in the pail for over a week but it didn't matter. They still came back. What do I need to do to be rid of them once and for all?

Fruitflys are unique in that they can breed in hidden locations off the food and garbage. When the larvae get their full, they'll migrate away from the garbage and find nooks and crevices where they can pupate (change into adults). That means even though the garbage isn't there, the pupae will be able to hatch out adults and that will always be true until you use something to kill the eggs.

Killing the eggs requires the use of Gentrol Aerosol as explained in our Fruitfly Control article. But keep in mind the important place to apply it is not the garbage pail itself but instead to all the areas around the pail. I would focus in on the inside of the cabinet where you keep the pail. I'd also treat the surrounding spaces. All it takes is a few making it far enough away to where your treatments haven't reached. These few could easily continue the cycle and I'm sure that's been the case. Get the Gentrol applied and you should be able to break the cycle once and for all.

Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:

Gentrol Aerosol:  http://www.bugspray.com/item/gentrol_aerosol.html

Fruit Fly Control Article:  http://www.fruit-flies-fly.com/fruitflies/fruit-fly-control.html

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I had a bad fruit fly problem but I think I have it under control. But I like to get fresh produce so I know it's only a matter of time before I get another infestation if I'm not careful. I have some traps set out but I'm wondering if there is anything I can use to kill the eggs like I use for fleas?

In our article on Fruit Fly Control you'll see one of the products we feature is Gentrol Aerosol. Apply this in the areas where fruit flies have been active or where you think they might want to go to lay eggs. Gentrol will last a long time and it will essentially prevent their eggs from being to grow normally. This will keep them from getting established in the home and should do the trick even if you bring home some with your fresh produce.

Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:

Fruit Fly Control Article:  http://www.fruit-flies-fly.com/fruitflies/fruit-fly-control.html

Gentrol Aerosol:  http://www.bugspray.com/item/gentrol_aerosol.html

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I have a fruitfly problem in my compost pile. It's been real warm and I noticed this happens when it gets moist and warm. Is there anything I can use that non toxic?

Compost piles are prime locations for fruitflies. They love the organic matter and when it's both warm and moist enough, they will move in and start living quite comfortably and compost infestations are pretty normal. There are several options for treating the compost and since you want something non toxic for fruitflies, I would say the Diatomaceous Earth or Flying Insect Killer Aerosol would do the job. Both are organic and made with natural ingredients and won't affect the compost in any way so you can still use it. The Diatomaceous Earth should stop the cycle quickly but it won't last long. You may have to apply it once a week. The aerosol will only last a day or two but if you use it daily, you should be able to keep the adults down to a minimum and it won't take much to get quick control. These and other products can be seen at NON TOXIC PEST CONTROL.

Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:

Diatomaceous Earth:  http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/dust/concern-diatomaceous-earth

Flying Insect Killer Aerosol: http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com/aerosols/flying-insect-killer-14-oz

Non Toxic Pest Control:  http://www.non-toxic-pest-control.com

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I've been finding fruit flies on my bananas and I'm not sure if they're coming home this way from the grocer or if I already have them at the house. I can't treat the bananas and I"m getting tired of the problem; is there anything I can do to stop this infestation?

It could be a combination of fruit flies coming home with the bananas as well as some that are already living at your house. I suggest you treat with some Gentrol as explained in our Fruitfly Control article. Next, set out some Fruitfly Traps but do this when there are no bananas in the house. Don't get any new bananas from the grocer for at least a week. If you see some fruit flies coming around the traps, you know the problem is somewhere in the house. If you treat good, a combination of the Gentrol and the traps should resolve the infestation. If you don't see any around the traps after a week, get fresh bananas and be sure to wash them good as explained in our article. If you are able to wash the bananas clean, you should be able to minimize the eggs and pupae you're bringing home which in turn should keep the adults around the house minimal.

Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:

Gentrol Aerosol:  http://www.bugspray.com/item/gentrol_aerosol.html

Fruit Fly Control Article:  http://www.fruit-flies-fly.com/fruitflies/fruit-fly-control.html

Fruit Fly Traps:  http://www.bugspray.com/catalog/products/page322.html

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I think I have fruit flies in my planter. I've been seeing a small fly with a large red eye and it seems to be attracted to any fruit or other food when we eat. The problem is I don't know where they're coming from. I do have a planter on the counter I keep moist and I'm afraid they might be living in the soil. Is there anything I can treat it with that won't hurt my plants?

Planters can become a nest location for fruit flies but in most cases, they'd prefer some type of food on which to lay eggs. Unless the soil is very moist, it's more likely they've found a location by the garbage pail or sink-erator. To be sure, the best thing to do is to remove the planter for two weeks to see what happens. If the fruit flies disappear once the planter is removed, then it's obviously the culprit and you can treat it confidently knowing your effort should solve the problem. If the fruit flies still persist even after the planter is removed, then you know you need to find the real source of the problem.

Once found, treat with the Gentrol for long term control. The PT-565 can be used to kill off any adults that are still active or you can opt to use one of the Fruit Fly Traps listed in our post on Fruitfly Control.

Here are direct links to the information and products listed above:

Gentrol Aerosol:  http://www.bugspray.com/item/gentrol_aerosol.html

PT-565:  http://www.bugspray.com/catalog/products/page79.html

Fruit Fly Traps:  http://www.bugspray.com/item/fruit_fly_glass_trap.html