Size: 3 mm
Fruit flies are typically indicative of rotting fruit. Though harmless, there is evidence they carry pathogenic bacteria. Move quickly to deal with a fruit fly infestation as their populations can experience what seems like an explosion. It is important to establish a plan before a fruit fly infestation becomes uncontrollable.
Fruit Fly Habitat
The Fruit Fly has been introduced to all areas of the world. The only aspect that limits its habitat is temperature and availability of a water source. This species requires moist environments. The development of this species offspring is extremely dependant on temperature and the adults can not withstand colder temperatures. In temperate climates these species seek out shelter in colder winter months in fruit cellars, and other structures with a large supply of food. i.e. grocery stores, markets restaurants.
Fruit Fly Life Cycle
There are 4 stages in the life cycle of the Fruit Fly. The first stage is the egg stage. A female fly will lay up to 500 eggs. She will deposit her eggs inside ripe rotting fruit or food to ensure the eggs are surrounded by sugar. The egg stage typically lasts for approximately 30 hours. The eggs develop best at a temperature between 75 and 80 degrees and will hatch into larva. The larva stage lasts for about three to four days. At which point they become pupa and will emerge after 6 days as an Adult Fruit Fly ready to reproduce.
Fruit Fly Prevention
Produce which has ripened should be, discarded or refrigerated. Cracked or damaged portions of fruits and vegetables should be cut away and discarded in the event that eggs or larvae are present. A single rotting potato or onion forgotten at the back of a closet, or fruit juice spillage under a refrigerator can breed thousands of fruit flies. So can a recycling bin that has been stored in the basement which is never emptied or cleaned. Windows and doors should be equipped with tight-fitting (16 mesh) screens to help prevent adult fruit flies from entering from outdoors.
Fly Service Prep Guide
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