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Fruit FlyFruit Flies

Order: Diptera
Family: Drosophillidae
Scientific Name: Drosophila species
Color: Tan/ light abdomen
Legs: Six
Shape: Small oval
Size: 1/8 of an inch
Antennae: Yes
Flight: Yes

Fruit flies are also named vinegar flies. The name "Fruit fly" is derived form their preference for fruit in which they lay their eggs. They also like vinegar-like liquids, hence the name "Vinegar fly". Fruit Flies can be found throughout the United States.

Fruit flies feed on decaying matter, especially fruits and vegetables.

Fruit flies are small pests that are commonly found in homes, restaurants and other facilities where food is processed. They are found on moist, decaying matter that has been stationary for several days. Commonly infested materials include bananas, peaches, grapes, tomatoes, potatoes, pineapples, pickles and fermenting liquids such as beer, cider, vinegar, wine and fruity cordial syrups.

Fruit flies are found in unsanitary conditions, so they are a potential heath concern, especially when present in food or health facilities.

Fruit flies are best prevented through vigilant sanitation practices. Remove kitchen trash daily, and keep counter surfaces clean. Find and remove fermenting material. The use of pesticides is not recommended and any relief will only be temporary, lasting only until new adults emerge.

(Source: National Pest Management Association, et. al.)