Pest Facts: Fruit Flies

Fruit Flies

Fruit Flies (Drosophila species)

Color:Tan/ light abdomen
Legs:Six
Shape:Small Oval
Size:1/8 of an inch
Antennae:Yes
Flight:Yes

Fruit flies can be found in all 50 states.

There are many different species of fruit fly, with different species native to different areas.

Habits
Fruit flies are named for their attraction to overripe fruit. Some species can go from egg to adult in as little as 7 days.

Habitat
Many species of fruit flies prefer the warm temperatures and abundant food sources of tropical locations. Residential areas also give fruit flies these environmental requirements, making them acceptable substitutions.

Threats
Fruit flies are mostly nuisance pests, but they can spread bacteria. Some species of fruit fly can become a serious agriculture pest by breeding in and contaminating fruit.

Prevention
The easiest way to prevent fruit flies from invading your home or business is to keep all fruit and fermenting foods sealed. Do not throw food in an open garbage receptacle. If you find an infestation of fruit flies their quick breeding can make them hard to eliminate. A pest control agency can help to discourage fruit flies from making your home their home.

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