Fruit Fly

 Identification and Control

Proper identification is an important first step in controlling ants.

Drosophila spp.

How to Identify an 

Fruit Fly

Fruit flies are small (1/8 inch long), black, and have red eyes. They are often found near fruit or other sources of food. They are most easily identified by their small size and their red eyes.

Where do they come from?

Fruit flies are common in the United States and Canada. They are most often found near fruit or other sources of food. Fruit flies can also be brought into your home on food or garbage.

How to keep them out

The best way to get rid of fruit flies is to eliminate their food sources by thoroughly cleaning your kitchen and bathroom. You can also use commercial fly traps or bait. If you have a severe infestation, you may need to call a professional exterminator.

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What do they look like?

Yellow body and red eyes of the fruit fly
Fruit fly adults and larvae
Fruit fly larvae

Where do they live?

Fruit flies lay their eggs on ripe or overripe fruit, retables, or on decaying organic material.


Drosophila spp.




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