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Fruit flies Facts & Information

How To Identify & Control Fruit flies


What Do They Look Like?

  • ColourTan/yellow to light brown
  • SizeFrom 2.5 mm to 4 mm long
  • Also known asVinegar flies, Wine flies, Pomace flies.
  • DescriptionHave bright red eyes and antennae made up of three segments, with the last segment resembling a feathery bristle.
  • NotesTheir worm-like larvae are cream coloured or white, with no legs or eyes, just a hook-like mouthpiece for feeding.

How Did I Get Fruit flies?

Fruit flies often infest homes with ripe, rotting, or decayed fruit and produce. They also enjoy fermented items such as beer, liquor, and wine. Fruit flies also may breed and develop in drains, garbage disposals, trash cans, and mop buckets.
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Do Fruit Flies Bite People?

How Serious Are Fruit Flies?

Fruit flies cannot bite or chew, so in order to eat, a fruit fly will repeatedly eject its own saliva on to food and then suck up the resulting mixture. This is an extremely unhygienic process, leaving behind bacteria and organisms that were once inside the fly.

Do Fruit Flies Bite People?

No, fruit flies do not bite people. They lack the piercing and sucking mouth parts of typical blood feeding flies. While considered a general annoyance in homes and other institutions, fruit flies can be significant pests in food processing and handling structures. Because of their habits of visiting unsanitary sites, they have the potential to carry disease causing germs. When fruits infested with fruit fly larvae are ingested accidentally, it may cause gastrointestinal discomfort and diarrhea.

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Fruit Flies Facts

  • Fruit flies don't actually eat fruit.

  • Fruit flies like slime.

  • Fruit flies have a powerful sense of smell.

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