02/06/2017 | Preventing Fruit Flies in your Office
If you have ever had fruit flies in your office, we have good news... and bad news. We’ll start with the bad news. Fruit flies are notoriously difficult to get rid of. They’re tiny, fast, resilient, and they reproduce like crazy. Anything short of a professional takedown probably won’t suffice. Even if traps kill every adult fruit fly in the office, chances are eggs will hatch and you’ll have a new generation of these little jerks to deal with.
Now, the good news: while you may not be able to totally eradicate the fruit fly presence, there’s plenty you can do to make their lives miserable while they’re hanging around. If you can’t beat ‘em, hurt ‘em, right? With any luck, following these steps will prevent any new, future infestations.
Don’t Leave Food Out
In fairness: you probably know not to let fruit get too ripe around the office if you’re trying to prevent fruit flies. However, fruit flies aren’t actually just attracted to fruit--they’re attracted to all sugars. Fruit just happens to be a sugar they can also lay eggs in. Imagine living in your favorite food!
Before going home at the end of the day, scour the office for any uncovered food. This includes fruit, of course, but also bread, candy, meat, cheese, yogurt, and pretty much any other likely office snack. Either dispose of this stuff outside the office building or seal it in airtight plastic and put it in the fridge. If you want to keep fruit flies out, you can’t provide them with a buffet.
Wash Fruit You Bring In
This is going to be tough to hear, but if fruit flies keep getting in somehow, it’s possible they’re using you to get in. Don’t feel guilty, you were an unwitting pawn in their master scheme. One way to prevent your dastardly foe from manipulating you for their own purposes yet again is to wash all the fruit you bring into the office as soon as you get in.
Even if you bought your apple that morning, a fruit fly could’ve found it and snuck aboard at any point on your commute, even if it never left your bag. It’s not consciously trying to get into your office, but you bring it there and once it gets a look around, it settles in and lays eggs. So… wash your fruit when you bring it in! Easy peasy.
Clean the Counters and Desks
Fruit flies don’t need much to survive and thrive. A crumb here, a spill there, and they’re more than content to subsist indefinitely. If you want these winged terrors to pack up and hit the road once and for all, you’re going to have to deprive them of even that.
If you aren’t already, you’re going to have to scrub down your desk every day. Take out your personal trash, too. When you’re done with that, make sure the kitchen is nice and clean before you leave every night. Even if it was someone else’s cleaning week. Yeah, yeah, we know: it’s not fair. But fruit flies don’t play fair, and neither can you. You’ve gotta hit them where it hurts, and where it hurts are those crumbs leftover from the ham sandwich you had for lunch yesterday.
Rinse Cups, Bottles, and Cans
Fruit flies may not love anything more than fruit, but if they had to pick a second favorite, it would be sugary beverages.
Fruit flies will get at the last dregs of a coffee, soda, energy drink, or even water no matter where you hide them. Your trash and recycling bins aren’t safe from their terrible thirst. Before recycling any cans, cups, or bottles, rinse them out thoroughly with water from the sink. Then, dry them. It might feel silly to essentially wash something you’re throwing out, but you’ll be doing the fruit flies a favor if you don’t.
We said we already gave you the good news, and we did, but we’ve been holding out one more piece just for you. The good news is this: even though fruit flies are notoriously difficult to get rid of, Assured Environments has 100% confidence we can COMPLETELY wipe out your fruit fly infestation. Give our experts a call, and we’ll snuff out those buggers and keep them out, guaranteed.
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