Fruit Fly Population Booms From Mild Winter

Indiana has seen a rise in the fruit fly population in recent months.

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The fruit fly is not harmful to humans but can be an annoyance.

Last year‘s mild winter, a warm spring and the recent rain caused a rise in the fruit fly population. The tiny pests do not carry any human diseases but can be annoying.

Indiana State Entomologist Philip Marshall says the fruit fly population is booming.

“We didn‘t have a winter so things can develop faster,” he says. “The winter did not kill off a lot of our insect pests or anything.”

Greg Johns with Gold Seal Termite and Pest Control recommends cleaning recycling and trash bins to elimnate the pests.

“You are going to want to limit any composting that you do,” he says. “Make sure you take that out directly to the outside as opposed to doing that on the insidesays the best way to avoid them is to eliminate sources of attraction.”

Produce which has ripened should be eaten, discarded or refrigerated, he says. A single rotting potato or onion forgotten at the back of a closet, or fruit juice spillage under a refrigerator can breed thousands of fruit flies. So can a recycling bin, garbage disposal and garbage cans.

Fruit flies will eventually die off when the first few freezes arrives.

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