Frequently Asked Questions About Fruit Flies
What Are Fruit Flies & Vinegar Flies?
Fruit Flies and Vinegar flies are tiny (3-4mm) and commonly associated with fruit - hence the name. They also have distinctive orange eyes, making identification quite easy.
Where Do Fruit Flies Live?
Fruit Flies live in many different environments, including homes and businesses.
These annoying little flies enter peoples homes and premises through open windows, doors, wall vents and even inside deliveries!
Complete exclusion is unlikely in most cases, making good housekeeping and hygiene paramount.
Likely sources of Fruit Fly activity include compost heaps, rubbish bins, recycling receptacles together with fermented and spoiled wine, beer, dairy products.
Sweet, rotting and fermenting products provide the basis for many homemade fruit fly traps.
Where Are Fruit Flies In My Kitchen?
Spillages of suitable foods and liquids frequently occur in kitchens, bars and beer cellars. These residues quickly build up under bins, lino, vinyl, the lips of sinks, or between the bottom of base unit plinths and the floor.
What Are Fruit Fly Infestations A Sign Of?
Flying insect activity of any kind is a crucial indicator of quality and one of the first warning signs that council food safety officers routinely consider.
Poor hygiene or neglected maintenance encourages Fruit Flies, meaning they are an early sign of deteriorating or consistently ignored safe practice in both commercial and residential premises.
Fastidious house-keeping makes a considerable difference to the success of any pest management or fly extermination programme.
Are Fruit Flies Dangerous?
Fruit flies are quite harmless and present as a nuisance, more than important vectors or distributors of disease.
Because disease risk is low, small numbers of these flying pests often get ignored by restaurant owners, etc.
Customers and visitors, however, will be less than thrilled at the presence of flies, harassing them, while trying to enjoy a romantic meal.
Online reviews on this subject can very quickly, cripple a business.
How Do You Control Fruit Flies?
Other than maintenance and cleaning schedules and routines, fruit flies can be kept in check with a passive control strategy.
Proactive fly control measures such as discreet electronic fly killing devices, window netting and fruit fly traps, provide economical control.
These passive control measures require negligible ongoing cost to maintain and are essential to reassure customers, and demonstrate due diligence to enforcement authorities.
Passive control measures require proactive monitoring to ensure they are working efficiently.
Fruit Flies? Case Studies.
1. A restaurant reported flies around the bar area, and we discovered a faulty beer line.
2. A restaurant reported flies around a bar area, and we discovered neglected hygiene practices. We refused to spray the open bar area for obvious safety reasons, without a deep clean first. They ignored our advice and several years on; they still have the problem!
3. A customer had flies swarming in a kitchen and conservatory. They turned out to be "Bark Flies" from a decorative wood pile!
4. A customer had a huge fly infestation in a bathroom. The soil pipe had come away from the toilet, filling the cellar with raw sewage. The flies were "Drain Flies".
It becomes clear from these case studies that professional ID of flies is crucial to their control. Sometimes you need to look at other, less obvious causes of fly infestation to eliminate it quickly.