Fruit Flies

What do fruit flies look like?

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Fruit flies are a small fly that are in the Family Drosophilidae. Adults grow to only be about 1/8th of an inch in length. They are known for having red eyes, although their eyes may be brownish or black colored.  The body of the fruit fly can be brown, tan, or black; and they have translucent wings.

Fruit fly behaviors

Fruit flies are sometimes called vinegar flies because they lay their eggs in the liquids found at the top of containers of fruits and vegetables that aren’t sealed correctly and in the juices of ripe or rotting fruit.  Since fruit flies lay their eggs in or on fruits and vegetables, their numbers are at their highest in the fall during the harvest season.

Fruit flies reproduce and mature very quickly in the right conditions the entire life cycle of a fruit fly can be completed in 5-8 days. They have the potential to become huge nuisances anywhere that food is processed or stored (homes, restaurants, food processing facilities, warehouses, and grocery stores) if precautionary measures are not taken.  

Are fruit flies dangerous?

Fruit flies are mainly considered to be nuisance pests, although they can spread pathogens and bacteria that they have picked up on their bodies and legs to food, food prep areas, and other surfaces located in your home.   Fruit flies can invade homes in very large numbers and become very difficult to get under control and completely eliminate.  

Can Suburban help with a fruit fly problem?

Yes, Suburban has experts that can help you determine the underlying cause of your fly problem.

Fruit fly prevention tips

In addition to putting into place a year-round home pest control program, there are some steps you can take around your home to help control fruit flies.  

  • Inspect fruits and vegetables for signs of fruit flies before purchasing them from a store or farmers market.
  • Get rid of ripe or overripe fruits and vegetables.  It is also helpful to store produce in the refrigerator instead of out on counters or tables.
  • Place garden areas a distance away from your home and routinely pick-up and discard fallen fruits and vegetables.  
  • Regularly remove trash from your home and wash out trash cans.
  • Keep drains and sinks free of food debris.

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