This post will tell you the reasons behind the tiny dead bugs in the fridge.
You’ll also find out the exact steps that we’ve used in hundreds of homes to stop bugs from entering the refrigerator forever.
And now, you’ll learn those steps and the secret ways bugs use to enter your fridge.
What Are These Tiny Dead Bugs In Fridge?
Imagine you open your fridge the first thing in the morning. You see tiny dead bugs lying on the floor and the shelves inside your refrigerator.
Looks disgusting. So, what are these dead bugs?
These dead bugs can be any one of the four bugs that commonly infest refrigerators and freezers. They’re drain flies, fruit flies, fungus gnats, and house flies.
Once inside your fridge, these bugs can’t withstand the cold inside the refrigerator. And they die.
The dead bodies look like tiny black dead bugs, curled up with their wings sticking close to their bodies.
The worst part?
Your refrigerator and freezer start to stink. You think that the food inside the fridge is rotten, but no.
It’s the stink of the dead bodies of these tiny black dead bugs inside the fridge.
Now, before we get into the process of getting rid of them, you must know the answer to the most critical question.
How on earth these tiny bugs get inside the refrigerator?
Let’s find it out.
How does Tiny Black Bugs get Inside The Fridge?
These flies use a unique way to get inside the refrigerator and freezer that is very hard to imagine.
At the bottom of the fridge, just above the compressor, there’s a condensation pan. It’s also known as a water drip pan.
The water drip pan collects the water that drips out of a small pipe. The water comes from the melting ice in the freezer.
That water has a smell of the food, especially meat and fish, that you keep inside the freezer.
That smell, and the water in the water drip pan, attract these tiny bugs.
But these bugs wouldn’t have been inside your refrigerator if they were not in your home.
You can get rid of flies in your home, and we’ll cover that in a minute. For now, let’s stick with your refrigerator.
Another way these bugs get inside your fridge when you put dirty and unwashed fruits and vegetables inside without washing them.
For fruit flies, this is the most common way.
If you keep your refrigerator door open for a while, the light from the refrigerator attracts these bugs.
How To Get Rid Of Tiny Dead Bugs In Fridge?
Now that you know how they enter your refrigerator and freezer let’s find out how to remove them.
Here’s the process that works ten out of ten times, without fail.
Step#1 – Empty Your Refrigerator
You can’t clean a refrigerator filled up with food.
Before you begin, please turn off the refrigerator, unplug it, and take out all the food.
Wait for a while till your refrigerator defrosts.
Now let’s move on to the next step.
Step#2 – Remove All The Shelves And Trays
Remove all the shelves, trays, and baskets from the refrigerator.
Wash them and wipe them off with a safe disinfectant. Let the parts dry outside till you finish cleaning the refrigerator.
Step#3 – Clean The Walls And The Floor Of The Refrigerator
Take a sponge or a piece of cloth and a bucket of water mixed with a few drops of disinfectant.
Wet the sponge and scrub the walls of the refrigerator.
Ensure that you don’t miss out on the tight corners inside the refrigerator where most dirt gathers.
Open the freezer and scrub the sides inside the freezer.
If you keep meat and fish inside the freezer, then clean the freezer only after defrosting.
It’s because the organic waste inside will flow away with the water making it easy for you to clean.
Step#4 – Keep The Door Of The Refrigerator And The Freezer Open Till The Interiors Dry
After you’ve finished scrubbing and cleaning the interiors of the refrigerator and the freezer, take a clean, dry cloth or sponge and wipe the interiors.
Then keep the door open till the interiors of the refrigerator have entirely dried up.
Step#5 – Restock Your Refrigerator
Here’s the catch before restocking the refrigerator.
Wash your vegetables and fruits and clean the jars, bottles, packets before you restock the refrigerator.
And always discard rotting and stale fruits and vegetables from your refrigerator.
Pro Hack – Keep a small glass of cheap red wine in the middle of the fridge. The fruit in the wine will attract any bug that sneaks inside your fridge, and the alcohol will kill them.
How To Get Rid Of Flies In Your Home?
As you know that you won’t have dead flies inside the fridge if your home doesn’t have bugs.
Follow the five steps below to get rid of flies in your home –
Step#1 – Clean And Unclog The Drains To Kill Drain Flies And Roaches
If you’re not cleaning the drains of your home often, then you’re inviting drain flies, and in many cases, sewer roaches inside your home.
The scum and the waste in the clogged drains is a breeding ground for drain flies and other types of bugs.
You can quickly kill and clean the drains of your home in a single step.
And that’s by pouring bleach in the drains.
But here’s a catch. Bleach is corrosive, and using bleach often will damage the drains.
So, use bleach, not more than twice, to clean your drain.
Alternatively, you can use a mixture of white vinegar and hot water to pour into the drains. That will also kill drain flies and many other bugs hiding and nesting in the drain.
Step#2 – Clean Your Yard Or Garden To Remove Gnats And Other Bugs
If you’ve got a yard or garden, then that’s for sure there’s organic waste like foliage and rotting wood.
Fungus gnats, one of the bugs inside the refrigerator, live and breed in the organic waste. They also live and spawn on the soil.
If there are waterholes in your yard, fill them up. Stagnant water breeds mosquitoes and increases the dampness of the yard.
High dampness is one of the significant reasons for bugs in your home.
Step#3 – Install Window Shields To Prevent Flies From Flying In
Artificial light attracts all the tiny bugs that can get inside your fridge.
To prevent them from entering your home, install window shields with finer mesh.
These bugs won’t be able to pass through the smaller mesh. You’ve one less thing to worry about.
Step#4 – Clean Your Pantry And Kitchen
Inside your home, the kitchen is the most attractive place for these tiny bugs and for the pantry pests to live and breed.
And what’s the reason? Endless supply of food and places to lay eggs.
Also, wipe off the hard surfaces of your kitchen, like countertops, to remove any food droppings and stains.
Step#5 – Keep Sticky Fly Traps In Different Corners Of Your Home
This step is optional. If you follow the above steps, you’ll get rid of all types of flies in your home.
But to make sure you get rid of any of the remaining flies, keep sticky fly traps in your home.
It’d be best if you keep a couple of them in your bathroom and kitchen, especially near your fridge, where the flies gather the most.
Do These Tiny Bugs In Fridge Carry Any Diseases?
They can carry diseases. It’s because flies sit on decaying and dead organic matter.
If you’ve got a cat litter box in your home, you don’t want these flies inside your fridge and freezer. It’s because these flies will infest and breed in the cat litter box.
It’d be best if you clean the fridge by following the step-by-step process in this post.
Tiny dead bugs in the fridge are dead frozen flies. These flies are majorly house flies, fruit flies, fungus gnats, and drain flies.
Now you know the sneaky ways they get inside the refrigerator and how you can get rid of them.
And you do that by –
- Cleaning the refrigerator.
- Blocking their entry points inside the fridge.
- Getting rid of these flies from your home and yard.
We’re Mark and Jim. We were serial pest killers for almost all of our lives. Through this blog we spread pest murdering tips to people like you who want to keep their homes pest free.