02/06/2017 | How Do I Prevent Fruit Flies in the Office?
Fruit flies are notoriously difficult to get rid of. They’re tiny, fast, resilient, and they reproduce like crazy. Unfortunately, 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. However, while you may not be able to totally eradicate the fruit flies, there’s plenty you can do to make their lives miserable. If you can’t beat ‘em, hurt ‘em.
What are fruit flies attracted to?
It’s no surprise that you can find fruit flies swarming around ripe, well, fruit. However, fruit flies aren’t actually attracted to fruit, they’re attracted to sugar; fruit just happens to be a sugar they can lay eggs in.
How do I prevent fruit flies in the office?
Following these three steps will help prevent any new fruit fly infestations.
Don’t leave food out at the office
Before going home at the end of the day, scour the office for any uncovered food. This includes fruit, bread, candy, meat, cheese, yogurt… pretty much any office snack. Either dispose of the food outside of the building or ensure that it is sealed in an airtight container and put it in the fridge. If you want to keep fruit flies out, you can’t provide them with a buffet!
Wash all of the fruit you bring in
There’s a good chance that fruit flies are hitching a ride on fruit that you bring in the office from home. One way to prevent these pesky pests from becoming your new coworker is to wash all the fruit you bring into the office as soon as you get in. Even if you brought your apple that morning, a fruit fly could have found it and snuck aboard at any point during your commute.
Clean counters and desks
Fruit flies don’t need much to survive. A crumb here and a spill there will keep fruit flies content. That’s why it’s important to wipe down surfaces at the end of the work day. While you wipe down your desk, make sure you take out your desk trash as well!
Rinse cups, bottles, and containers
Fruit flies love fruit first, sugary beverages second. Fruit flies will get at the last dregs of coffee, soda, energy drinks, or even water. Before recycling any cans, cups, or bottles, rinse them out thoroughly with water from the sink. Make sure you dry them out, too!
The most helpful tip of all? Get in touch with Assured Environments. We have 100% confidence that we can completely wipe out the fruit fly infestation at your office. Give our experts a call and we’ll snuff out those pesky pests and keep them out.