Yes, fruit flies are annoying but not dangerous

No risk from the fruit flies and they are not a public health issue

Fruit flies depositing eggs on a grapefruit. (USDA)
Fruit flies depositing eggs on a grapefruit. (USDA)

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Fruit flies are annoying. But they’re not a health risk.

At Portland Nursery, they’re hearing the stories of the Invasion of the Fruit Flies. An unusually large harvest of several different fruits could be contributing to the problems, nursery staffers said.

The Oregon Health Department said there is no risk from the fruit flies and they are not a public health issue. They are no more dangerous than possibly helping to spread germs.

This Oct. 7, 2013 photo shows fruit and fly traps in New Paltz, N.Y. For the simplest trap, just set out a glass of wine to which some dish detergent has been added and label the glass so no one drinks the liquid. After landing on this liquid for a drink, fruit flies become wetted and are unable to take off again. (AP Photo/Lee Reich)
This Oct. 7, 2013 photo shows fruit and fly traps in New Paltz, N.Y. For the simplest trap, just set out a glass of wine to which some dish detergent has been added and label the glass so no one drinks the liquid. After landing on this liquid for a drink, fruit flies become wetted and are unable to take off again. (AP Photo/Lee Reich)

But they are annoying.

Stores like the Portland Nursery sell different kinds of traps that attract the fruit flies and keep them in. Several home remedies, like apple cider in a jar or oil and vinegar in a dish, are popular and somewhat effective.

Most importantly, researchers say to get rid of overripe fruit and peelings, cover other fruit and keep your drains covered. The fruit flies like to eat residue on the side of drain pipes.

If you’re dealing with the pesky winged problem just know you are not alone.

Tips from Good Housekeeping:

1. Unfiltered apple cider vinegar

2. Vinegar and dish soap

3. A paper cone and a piece of fruit

4. Red wine

5. Milk, sugar, and pepper

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