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Red Eyed Flies in My Garbage Disposal...Help!


Have you recently noticed tiny flies taking over the kitchen? Chances are you have an infestation of fruit flies. These tiny flies can be identified by having red eyes and yellow to brownish colored bodies. They are generally found in areas that contain any decaying organic matter which makes the garbage disposal as well as the trash, cans, bottles, and the fruit bowl in the kitchen a gold mine. If you are experiencing a fruit fly problem, you’ll want to read on to discover how you can avoid them and get rid of fruit flies that are contaminating your kitchen and home.

Fruit flies are a dangerous pest in that they may carry harmful bacteria into your kitchen and contaminate your food. Not only are they attracted to food sources in your kitchen, they tend to stick around to breed here and lay their eggs. This is not a pleasant thought which is why prevention of fruit flies is so important for homeowners in St. Louis and throughout Missouri. Here are some of the ways to avoid a fruit fly infestation according to the pest control experts at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions:  

  • Empty the garbage bin frequently
  • Do not leave fruits or other foods lying around
  • Dispose of or wash your rags on a regular basis
  • Pour household cleaner or hot water down the drain and then cover it overnight to kill off the flies in the drain or garbage disposal
  • Replace window screens with finger gauge screen which is smaller
  • Seal off any holes, cracks, or crevices that could allow fruit flies to get in from the outside

As you can tell, sanitation is really the key to preventing these tiny red eyed flies from getting into your garbage disposal and other areas of the kitchen. By removing their breeding grounds and the conditions that attract them in the first place you will be much less likely to have an infestation of fruit flies.

If your St. Louis home is already infested with fruit flies or other pests and you are not sure what to do, then please contact the St. Louis pest control professionals at Rottler Pest & Lawn Solutions. Proudly serving St. Louis and Mid-Missouri including Columbia and Fenton,  we offer treatments to stop the breeding of fruit flies so that you do not have to worry about kitchen surfaces and foods becoming contaminating and potentially making you and your family ill!

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