Do you know why there are so many fruit flies swarming in your kitchen? And is there an effective way to prevent this from happening?
All across North America everyday households are facing a new invasion... the common fruit fly! These little gnats seem to appear out of nowhere and can quickly multiply making it all but impossible to rid your kitchen of them once they're around (until now!).
So how did these fruit flies really end up invading your home? (and yes, invading is exactly the right word)
There's A New Fly In Town
The Spotted Wing Drosophila (Drosophila suzukii) is an invasive species of fruit fly that is not native to North America. The flies were first identified in California and British Columbia as recently as 2009. They are now widespread and causing millions in agricultural damage across North America.
The spotted wing drosophila is a temperate fruit fly originally native to Southeast Asia and that is known to infest even thick skinned fruit. The spotted wing drosophila female lays her eggs inside sound fruit before harvest with her saw-like ovipositor, which contaminates fruit with larvae that is all but impossible to identify prior to sale.
Worse, all fruit flies are naturally built to find fermenting fruit. Though small, they can detect the smell of a meal from large distances away so if you are one of the thousands of Canadians who use a food waste bin in their kitchen... there's probably a fruit fly or two hoping for a way into your home to get to it.
These little pests are known to fit through the smallest cracks and crevices around windows, doors, and yes, green bins - so your neighbours fruit fly cultivation can quickly spread into your own home. Suddenly, you've got yourself a full-fledged fruit fly infestation.
At the right temperature, the entire fruit fly life cycle can occur in as little as 7 days. Each female, with a lifespan of between 3 - 13 days will lay an average 384 eggs. These eggs can hatch in as little as 2 hours and larvae can mature in as few as 3 days! Those are some preggo flies!
So What Can You Do To Stop It?
Fruit and veggies are an essential part of the human diet, so don't think you should stop eating healthy just because of these little pests! What's more, kitchen compost bins are now mandatory in many parts of the world due to the emissions food waste produces when mixed into garbage - so getting rid of your green bin won't get rid of your flies!
What you need is to store your fruits and veggies in sealed areas (like the fridge) and use BinBreeze, organic green bin deodorizer and natural fruit fly killer in your bin.
BinBreeze, developed by students at the University of Victoria, is a natural treatment for kitchen compost bins that removes the 'yuck' factor of composting and creates inhospitable conditions for fruit flies like the Spotted Wing Drosophila within your kitchen compost bin. BinBreeze is available online here, and at a variety of supermarkets across BC. Ask for it at your local retailer and rid yourself of fruit fly troubles today!