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Fruit Fly Population Booming

Last updated on Thursday, September 27, 2012

(INDIANAPOLIS) - The fruit fly population is booming in Indiana this harvest season.

Philip Marshall, the Indiana State Entomologist says there was no winter, so the winter didn't kill off a lot of the pests.

Marshall said the warm spring also made conditions ripe for fruit flies.

The tiny pests do not carry any human diseases, but they are annoying.

To get rid of them, Marshall recommend cleaning the bowls you put fruit in, your garbage disposal and your garbage cans and recycling bins.

fFuit and veggies can also be put in the refrigerator and make a vinegar trap to place near the fruit you leave out on the counter.

If all else fails, Marshall said to just wait a few weeks because fruit flies will die off when the first few freezes arrive.

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