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Fruit Fly

(Drosophila spp.)

Appearance

The front portion of the Fruit fly body is tan and the rear portion is black. They have red eyes and wings that fold flat over the body.

Size

Fruit flies are small at about 1/8-inch long.

Behavior

Fruit flies are usually carried on fruits and vegetables. They are also called “vinegar flies” since they often infest facilities producing vinegar.

Fruit flies lay their eggs near the surface of fermenting foods or other moist organic materials. Upon emerging, the tiny larvae continue to feed near the surface of the fermenting mass. This surface-feeding characteristic of the larvae is significant in that damaged or over-ripened portions of fruits and vegetables can be cut away without having to discard the remainder for fear of retaining any developing larvae.

Habitat

Fruit flies are common in homes, restaurants, supermarkets, and anywhere else food is served. Tomatoes, melons, squash, grapes and other perishable items brought in from the garden are often the cause of an infestation developing indoors. Fruit flies are also attracted to rotting bananas, potatoes, onions, and other non-refrigerated produce purchased at the grocery store. It is common to see infestations in dumpsters.

Characteristics

The reproductive potential of Fruit flies is enormous. Given the opportunity, they will lay about 500 eggs in just a short time period. The entire life cycle from egg to adult can be completed in about a week.

Control

Do you live in South Florida and think that this pest may be invading your home? Hulett Environmental Services offers specialty pest control treatments designed to control and eliminate this pest!

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