Scientific Name: Drosophila species
Color: Tan/ light abdomen
Shape: Small oval
Size: 1/8 of an inch
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
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
(Source: National Pest Management Association, et. al.)