Fruit Fly Control Products

Fruit Fly Control Products
Size: around 1/8"
Color: Tan, with red eyes
Habitat: Indoor and outdoor
Infestation: Around over ripened fruit or vegetables
Questions & Answers : How to get rid of Fruit Flies (8)
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Fruit Fly Control


Drosophila spp., or more commonly known as small fruit flies, are insects of the fly family that are more of a nuisance than a major threat. However, this does not mean they are not harmful. Fruit flies may also be vectors of some diseases. They receive their name from their behavior and their preference of fruits as breeding and developmental sites. They are distributed all over the world and are common pest throughout the United States.

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Fruit Fly Identification

Adult fruit flies range in size from about 3 mm - 4 mm long. All matured adult fruit flies possess wings as well as antennae. The antennae of fruit flies are bristled that seem almost like feathers. They have a dull tanish- brown color and some are brownish-yellow to a brownish-black color. Fruit flies have bright red colored eyes.

The larvae of fruit flies are about 7 mm to 8 mm long. They are nearly white in color except for two dark hooks and the end of their abdominal areas that are yellowish in color. Like most typical fly larvae, fruit fly larvae are legless and do not have eyes. They taper in shape near the ends around the head. The opposite end is larger and rounder compared to the area around the head. Recognition of the head is noted by two dark hook-like appendages. Some various species of fruit flies may have darkened cross bands on the entire bottom sides of their abdomens.

Fruit Fly Behavior

An entire life cycle of a fruit fly can actually be completed in just 8-10 days at 85 degrees Fahrenheit. However, the reason why their nuisance is so hard to get rid of is because of their rapid reproduction rate. One adult female may leave up to 500 eggs on average and in less than 30 hours, the eggs are hatch and begin to develop immediately.

Small fruit flies get their name for their strong attraction to fresh fruits including vegetables and materials that have begun to ferment. Some prime areas of infestation are areas like broom or mop heads, areas where fruit is kept like under the cabinet, fruit bowls or baskets, and even in the cracks and crevices of where dishwater and mop water will accumulate. Some foods or materials that are commonly infested with fruit flies are bananas, pineapples, potatoes, and fermenting liquids like beer, vinegar, wine, and etc. All these materials and areas will be ideal locations for breeding.

How to Get Rid of Fruit Flies

The key to fruit fly control is using sanitation and chemical control in conjunction with each other. Eliminate all sources of larva food and breeding sites. If you are noticing a continual infestation, this probably means that there is a valid and reliable food source somewhere that the larva has access to. Eliminating such things as fresh fruit and fermenting materials will significantly reduce the population of fruit flies. Correctly labeled pesticides will provide control for adult fruit flies that do not need to feed. Generally, the fly group feeds during the larval stage and adults are primarily present for the purpose of reproduction. Therefore, eliminating food sources will not reduce the number of adult fruit flies and may not prevent them from reproducing. Therefore, chemical control is necessary to kill fruit flies. Appropriately, labeled pressurized aerosols will kill on contact and will eradicate concentrated areas. However, for a broad treatment that will cover large areas, using Ultra Low Volume application of pesticides that act as a mister or fogger will be effective against fruit flies as well. Other methods of control are also available for fruit fly control. Mechanical control like glue traps or fly light traps that attract flies is one of the safest ways to control fruit flies. All flies come from the outside. Fruit flies are so tiny in size enabling them capability to fit through common sized screens. Reducing the size of the screen holes to use something that is more mesh-like will prevent flies from entering your home or business.

Please keep in mind that all product labels must be thoroughly reviewed before they are applied. If you are unsure of how or where to apply certain pesticides, you can always seek aid and advice from our team via email or live chat.

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Q. the effectivness of pesticides to fight fruit flies
A.   For treatment of Fruit Flies we would recommend light traps or actual fruit fly traps such as the Vector 960 or Natural Catch Fruit Fly Trap.
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Q. hi, im having a major problem with fruitflies in my house. its been a ongoing problem for a month now, and im now having a full on maggot race in my house. how can i make sure to get rid of them all and whats the fastest way. help pls.
A.   It is important rid of the sources of fruit flies. You should take out the trash daily, rid of food remains from the area, clean the drains,etc. Afterwards, we recommend laying out a couple of fruit fly traps. This should give you optimal control of fruit flies.
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Q. Fruit fly control in citrus trees. I have 2 orange trees infested with fruit flies. There is no garbage or organic material in my yard and I doubt in my neighbor's. the area around the tree is mulched with stones. How do I get rid of them and how can I prevent reinfestation?
A.   Unfortunately, we do not have any sprays that can be used on or around citrus trees. If they are used, the oranges must be thoroughly cleaned, however, since we do not have any products that are labeled for that use, we cannot recommend you any treatment products. We apologize that we were not able to better assist you.
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Hi, I have a problem with fruit flies inside & some sort of a fruit fly in my indoor plants. What can I get to control this problem? Thanks!
A.   Thank you for contacting us. Fruit flies are simple insects and really only live to eat and breed. They are highly attracted to vinegar type scents and foods. This is why the Vector Fruit Fly Traps are so effective. This product can be accessed by this link: Vector Fruit Fly Trap 960
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Dont know what to do with these flies they come inside my restaurant orkins came to inspect n didnt find anything I have a lake in the back and windows r open to sell coffee I need help with this issue Please help!!!
A.   We recommend using fruit fly traps and laying them around behind the counter. Also, use Drain Gel in all of the drains to ensure they are not infested there. We also recommend using Fly-Web Light Traps in discreet areas behind the counter where you are seeing the flies. Using these three methods should help control the problem.
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Q. fruit fly control in water melon crops
I am from Mazar-e-Sharif, Afghanistan and here is a serious problem of fruitfly in water melon crop from last 4-5 years. we have find a way to control fruit fly by using fruitfly trap but unfortunatly i forgot the name of the chemical used in traps for fruit fly and from where it will be available.
A.   Fruit Fly Traps generally contain a sweet liquid which attracts and drowns the flies inside the traps. If you visit our fruit fly page you will be able to find a selection of our fruit fly traps from our website.
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Q. Fly and Fruit Fly Control in Restaurant
I have a 10,000 square foot restaurant. What do you recommend for fly control. We have a fruit fly problem also. We have a carry out area, 275 seat restaurant area, two kitchens and a large storeroom that has a back door. Thanks.
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I would recommend using traps. That is a lot of area to cover with pesticides and re-applying every couple of months. You can use traps so that it is easy placement and replacement.

I would recommend using the Gilbert 2000GT Flying Venus Light Trap. Each trap covers 1500 square feet. It is very effective and the design is made for commercial uses, so you will not be able to see any of the caught flies inside the trap.

You can also go on our webside [www.pestmall.com] and browse other traps as well.

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Q. Please give me name of the chemical used in fruit fly trap
A.   We have several different chemicals for fruit flies. Please specify which product you are inquiring. Thank you.
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