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What are fruit flies?

If you have tiny flies that are about 1/8 inch flying around your kitchen, especially near produce stored on the counter, fruit flies are the most likely culprit. Fruit flies are those annoying black or tan flies that seem to take over our kitchens as they buzz around and land wherever they please.

 

Physical features of a fruit fly include:

  • Tan to brownish-yellow bodies

  • Bright red eyes, though some have black eyes

  • Feathery antenna

  • Translucent wings

  • White, worm-like larvae with black mouth hooks

Fruit Fly Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

fruit fly eating a pear

Why do I have a fruit fly problem?

Fruit flies have the potential to pop-up in a home any time of the year, but the summer and fall seasons are when these pests are most problematic for people. Fruit flies are most prolific during the harvest season when there is plenty of ripe and decaying fruits and vegetables for them to eat.

 

A single female fruit fly can lay 500 eggs in her very short lifetime. Fruit flies only live for about one week. In the right conditions, fruit fly eggs develop into new adult fruit flies in one to two weeks, allowing for populations of these pesky pests to explode in a short period of time.

 

Fruit flies can move inside of a Dallas home on their own through open windows or doors or through torn screens. They also regularly find their way inside on produce purchased from the store that is already contaminated with fruit fly eggs or larvae.

Where will I find fruit flies?

The foods we consume regularly attract fruit flies. Fruit flies can't resist fruits, veggies, and sweet drinks. Therefore they are common pests in our kitchens, outdoor eating areas, and gardens. Fruit flies also hang out around sinks as they snack and breed on the debris that collects in drains.

How do I get rid of fruit flies?

Get rid of fruit flies fast with the help of the pest professionals at All-Safe Pest & Termite. No one can enjoy being in their kitchen when they are constantly trying to swat away tiny, annoying flies.


We know how frustrating fruit flies can be, and we want to help. We offer fast response times and effective, eco-friendly pest control solutions. Our professionals will work with you to customize our services to meet your individual needs and ensure that we completely solve your pest problems. 

 

If you are needing to get rid of fruit flies from your Dallas residential or commercial property, choose to call the local professionals at All-Safe Pest & Termite!

How can I prevent fruit flies in the future?

Prevent problems with fruit flies by partnering with All-Safe Pest & Termite and by implementing the following prevention tips:

  • Remove trash from your home regularly. Make sure both indoor and outdoor trashcans have lids on them.

  • Routinely clean out and sanitize trashcans and recycling bins.

  • Replace or wash dishcloths, sponges, and mops that harbor debris and moisture that fruit flies can use as a breeding site.

  • Clean out sink drains to make sure debris is not collecting within them.

  • Pick up fallen fruits or vegetables from garden areas.

  • Before bringing produce home, inspect it at the store for signs of fruit flies.

  • Store fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator instead of out in the open on counters.

  • After finishing a meal outside, immediately remove all leftover food and drinks.

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