When temperatures start to warm up, bugs start to come back. A pest that we see quite a bit of in the late months of spring and early months of summer is the fruit fly. This particular insect is relatively harmless, but that doesn’t mean that you should be stuck having to deal with it.

Earthwise Pest Management, here in Sacramento, wants to provide homeowners and business owners alike with the quality pest control management needed to truly enjoy a space. Fruit flies are one of the pests that we can’t stand to see lingering around a space. Keep reading to learn more about these pests and how routine pest management can help keep them from being a problem at your building.

Signs of a Fly Infestation

Flies are a pretty common pest to cross paths with. While there may be one or two flies in your home or office building, this isn’t necessarily a sign of an infestation. Infestations are going to come in much larger numbers, making it pretty impossible to ignore the issue at hand. If you are feeling as though there may be a fly infestation on your hands, keep an eye out for these three things that are often associated with fly infestations.

Maggots

If you see maggots, flies may not be the first thing that you think of. Maggots, however, are the larval stage of flies. You can often find larvae in mud or around garbage or sewers. These particular settings are ideal breeding grounds for flies and if you happen to see larvae, then it’s pretty likely that you’ve come across the breeding ground of your fly infestation.

Dark Clusters of Spots

A sign of an infestation that most people may not recognize at first are clusters of dark spots. These spots are often found in closed spaces towards the corner of a room. Though the fact that they are dark can make these clusters easy to spot, upon further inspection you should notice that these spots are actually pretty small.

Regular Sightings of Flies

One of the biggest giveaways to a fly infestation will be regular sighting of large quantities of flies. Again, one or two flies being in the house or around a building is not going to scream of an infestation. If you are, however, seeing large amounts of flies in or around your home, food, garage, or building, this could be a telling sign that you are dealing with a fly infestation.

Every scenario is going to vary based on the area. Sacramento offers a climate that flies absolutely love. Depending on where in Sacramento you’re located, how accessible water is, and a handful of other factors, there may be other signs or variables that can help determine whether or not you are dealing with a fly infestation. The team at Earthwise Pest Management will take all of that into consideration when we complete a consultation on the situation.

Potential Harms Caused by Fruit Flies

As we mentioned earlier, fruit flies aren’t exactly a dangerous or harmful pest to have hanging around your home or commercial building. Though that may be the case, there are small harms that flies are capable of. If you have one or two flies that are hanging around your house, you don’t have to worry too much about these harms, but with large and uncontrolled infestations, you should be cautious of the following.

Food Contamination

Fruit flies are known for landing in and around food. In fact, this is one of the many things that makes them attracted to a space. If you have food that is sitting out on the counter or is easily accessible within your pantry, consider investing in some type of sealed storage. Not only will this reduce the chances of fruit flies in itself, but it will also ensure that there isn’t any food contamination when flies are around.

Spreading Diseases

Again, this isn’t something that you necessarily have to worry about when there are one or two flies around the place, but it can be a problem when there is a full-blown infestation. Depending on where these flies are breeding and what contact they’ve had, diseases are something that you may have to worry about. The typical house fly has been suspected of being able to spread at least 65 different diseases to humans. So, if there is an infestation, being cautious of signs and symptoms of disease is a must.

Bites

Not all flies are capable of biting, but there are some breeds of fruit flies that could potentially bite. If there are animals on your property, and there is a fruit fly infestation, you will also have to worry about flies biting them.

Though the potential harm that fruit flies may cause isn’t all too serious, these three factors are things that you should be aware of. At the very least, keep an eye out for any signs of food contamination, bites, and signs or symptoms of diseases that flies are capable of carrying.

Benefits of Integrated Pest Management

The method of pest management that we utilize here at Earthwise Pest Management is called integrated pest management, also known as IPM. There are countless reasons that we choose to utilize this method of pest management, but the primary one is that it works!

The way that integrated pest management works is by thorough examination and investigation of the area where you are struggling with pests. It is during this process that the setting will be examined to determine what makes this such a desirable spot for the pests. It may be the climate alone, but there may be factors creating the ideal space for pests that you might not even recognize.

From food and water sources to shelter and protection, our team will look for everything that allows for pests to thrive in this spot. Once we’ve determined which factors are drawing them in, we will work as a team to strategize long-term solutions that help eliminate these pests.

Rather than utilize pesticides, our team looks at the root of the situation and finds solutions that will ensure your space is no longer a desirable location for these pests to go. Aside from that, we will create a plan and schedule of routine pest management to ensure that they don’t return. Our team is dedicated to safely removing the pest problem, and we don’t stop at the first initial visit — we continue to check up on you and the issue that you came to us with.

Why Earthwise Pest Management

Earthwise Pest Management has provided quality pest management and pest control services to Sacramento and surrounding areas for years. Our team is genuinely dedicated to providing safe and affordable pest services to families that need it the most. After working in the industry for years our owner, Joe Hawkins, recognized the need for change. It was then that he decided to start his own pest control company that focused on long-term and safe pest solutions for homeowners and business owners alike.

Contact Us Today

If you are currently struggling with a fruit fly problem, let the team at Earthwise Pest Management help. Our IPM approach ensures that we tackle the root of your fruit fly infestation and provide you with a long-term solution. If you are a homeowner or business owner looking for quality pest control services, know that we service the following areas:

  • Auburn
  • Carmichael
  • Citrus Heights
  • David
  • El Dorado
  • Elk Grove
  • Folsom
  • Granite Bay
  • Mather
  • Natomas
  • Orangevale
  • Rancho Cordova
  • Rocklin
  • Roseville
  • Sacramento
  • West Sacramento
  • Woodland

Whether you’re looking for additional information on the pest management services that we offer or you’d like to schedule a consultation for the services that you need, reach out to our team. We would be more than happy to get you taken care of and start working on the problem at hand.