How to Identify Fruit Flies
Adult females lay their eggs (average about 500) near the surface of fermenting fruits and vegetables or near any yeast-bearing material. The eggs hatch in about 30 hours. The larvae develop in the sweet or vinegar-like liquids of the fermenting materials where they feed near the surface and primarily on the yeast, for about five to six days. Prior to pupation, the larvae crawl to drier areas of the food or elsewhere. The newly emerged adults mate in about two days. The life cycle (adult to adult) may be completed in eight to10 days at 85°F (29°C). Their reproductive potential is enormous.
Not only are fruit flies a nuisance pest but, much like house flies, they are also capable of contaminating food with harmful bacteria and disease-causing pathogens. It’s important to understand how to get rid of fruit flies if you suspect an infestation.
Looking to get rid of fruit flies in the home? Fruit flies are best prevented through vigilant sanitation practices. To exercise proper fruit fly management, remove kitchen trash daily, and keep counter surfaces clean.
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