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Archive for August, 2012

11: How Can I Get Rid of Fruit Flies?

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On August 29th

How Can I Get Rid of Fruit Flies - Drosophila melanogaster

This is the eleventh of 15 Household Bugs in SW Florida That May Freak You Out, which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

Fruit flies are smaller than most flies. They are usually about 1/8 of an inch in length. They can be brownish or brownish-yellow and have red eyes. While fruit flies do not bite, they can be a nuisance and have been known to bother homeowners. Another common name for the fruit fly is vinegar fly.

Fruit flies usually congregate around rotting fruits and vegetables. They also like soda, fruit juices, or anything that leaves a sweet and sticky residue. They are known to infest dumpsters or trash cans in homes and restaurants. You might also find fruit flies in recycling bins, behind refrigerators or freezers, in sinks and drains or near food storage areas.

The best way to get rid of fruit flies…

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10: Get Rid of Drain Flies

Posted by Keith Ruebeling On August 15th

Get Rid of Drain Flies (aka "Moth Flies" or Clogmia albipunctata)

This is the tenth of 15 Household Bugs in SW Florida That May Freak You Out, which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

If you have been away on vacation or haven’t used a guest bathroom in many months, you may get freaked out when you see a swarm of tiny flies near your drain. These “drain flies” (also known as moth flies) are very small…about a sixth of an inch. They do have a slightly freaky appearance, and can look fuzzy.

Another clue that the bug you’re looking at is a drain fly is that it’s bad at flying. They won’t go more than a few feet, and it might seem as though they’re hopping rather than flying. They also don’t bite.

Nine times out of ten, a drain fly problem will go away on its own. Once you get rid of the drain flies that you see, start flushing toilets and running the water in your sinks. This eliminates the standing water in which they dwell.

In some cases, drain flies might be flying into your house through an open window or door. Because they are so small, they can slip through screens that other large insects can’t. In those instances, their breeding area may be a clogged gutter or other source of standing water outside. What if you’re still unable to get rid of drain flies?

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Indianmeal moth

This is the ninth installment of 15 Household Bugs in SW Florida That May Freak You Out, which can be downloaded from our free eBook library.

One of the creepy bugs you may encounter in your home is the Indian Meal Moth. This moth looks like an ugly brown butterfly, but you may notice other colors on its wings if you get a really close look. If the Indian Meal Moth is not fully mature and is still in its larval stage, it will look like a small white worm with a black head, as pictured below.

Indian Meal Moth LarvaeThis moth isn’t very big – not like some of the ones you may see outside around your porch light. They are usually less than a half inch long, although if their wings are spread open, they will look larger (up to 3/4 of an inch).

The Indian Meal moth likes to eat grains and cereals. However, their appetite is diverse, and they have been known to eat flour, dried fruit, corn meal, bread, rice, and any related foodstuffs.

Unfortunately, these moths are good at getting into sealed containers. Most homeowners will unknowingly bring these moths into their home from the grocery store (although, in some rare cases, the moth may fly into the home). Even tightly sealed containers may have been infected with Indian Meal Moths at the factory they were packaged in.

Here are six preventative steps you can take to avoid bringing Indian meal moths into your home:

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