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Have a Fruit Fly Problem?

Description

The Fruit Fly is common in areas where there is food, especially fruits. They often find their way inside on shipments of fruits and vegetables. Fruit Flies lay their eggs on the overripe or decaying foods where the larvae feast on the overripe food upon hatching.

Since the Fruit Fly thrives in unsanitary conditions, it poses a serious health concern as it can carry disease wherever it goes.

Color

Tan Brown with red eyes

Size

1/8”

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Female fruit flies are capable of laying hundreds of eggs within their brief life spans. Eggs are most commonly laid on moist, fermenting food masses such as overripe fruit and vegetables. Within 24 to 30 hours, fruit fly eggs hatch into larvae known as maggots.

Control Advice

Remove garbage right away and dispose of it as far from your home as possible. If you’ve only just begun to see them they were likely attracted to fruit that was discarded and removing it should remove their breeding ground. A few adult Fruit Flies may linger for a few days. If you continue to see them in your home you may also need to discard any newly purchased fruit.

Active Seasons

The Fruit Fly is most active outdoors in the late summer and early fall months.

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