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How to Identify Fruit Flies

Key Identification:

A key identifying character is its bright red eyes.
The Fruit fly is about one-third the size of the house or filth fly.


Body color is usually a light yellow to tan color.

Biology and Habits of Fruit Flies:

1. The most common species of fruit flies found in homes and other structures is D.melanogaster. Fruit flies are also identified as pomace flies or vinegar flies. These pests can be found throughout the world, in homes, food processing plants, warehouses, grocery stores, wineries, restaurants and other structures.

2. Populations tend to be greatest in late summer and early fall as they infest fruits during the harvest season.

3. Fruit flies are among the smallest flies found in homes.

4. With the end of the summer season, many homeowners often encounter fruit flies in and about their kitchens and near garbage storage areas.

5. They are generally found hovering around decaying vegetation and overripe fruit, fermenting materials, such as leftover beer or soft drinks.

6. Occasionally, pomace flies, similar in appearance to fruit flies, may infest the home. The source of a pomace fly problem is often standing water like a forgotten mop pail or an open sewer drain.

7. Because they frequent such unsanitary areas, flies potentially carry disease-causing bacteria onto food products.

8. Like all flies, fruit flies develop by complete metamorphosis.

9. Eggs are laid near or on top of attractants (fermenting materials) such as beverages, decaying fruit and vegetable matter, garbage or slime in drains.

10. They are attracted to any area where moisture has accumulated including mops and wet rags. The larvae emerge from the eggs and feed near the surface of the fermenting material for 5-6 days.

Health professionals and sanitariums are concerned when these flies are found infesting facilities where food is prepared, processed, or served.

11. Newly emerged adults are attracted to lights, but egg laying females will not leave fermenting materials. The larvae then crawl to drier areas of the food source or even out of the food source to pupate. Under ideal conditions, the life cycle from egg to adult can be completed in as little as eight days.

Life cycle from egg to adult is approximately 10 days.

How to Eliminate Fruit Flies

1. Sanitation is the first measure of defense, it is necessary to eliminate the source in order to eliminate the flies.

2. The key to controlling these infestations is to locate and eliminate their breeding sources.

3. Killing adult flies will reduce infestation, but elimination of breeding areas is necessary for good management.

1. 4. Follow our two-step process to eliminate fruit flies.

a. THE Two-step process to rid yourself of fruit flies and other types of drain flies

STEP ONE-Lord of the Fruit Fly Traps will attract the fruit Flies and with proper use, you will notice a difference within days.

STEP TWO - Rid your drains of scum buildup where the flies breed with weekly treatments of Bio Drain Treatment.