Winchester Pest Control
Winchester Pest Control

Winchester Pest Control

 Integrated Pest Management

 Telephone - 781-729-1893

fruit / vinegar fly
 The common name comes from their fondness for fruits as egg laying & developmental sites, also the vinegar like liquids at the top of imperfectly sealed canned fruits & vegetables. These adult flies are about 1/8" long including the wings and from tan to yellow to brownish - black in color with usually bright red eyes.

 Adult females lay their eggs (usually about 500) near the surface of fermenting fruits & vegetables. The eggs hatch in about 30 hours, the larvae develop in about 5 to 6 days and the newly emerged adults will mate in 2 days completing their life cycle (adult to adult) in 8 to 10 days. Needless to say their reproductive potential is enormous.

 Newly emerged adults are attracted to lights, and because of their small size they are sometimes able to penetrate through window & door screens. The adult flies tend to hover in small circles and are attracted primarily to fresh fruits and those fermenting because of yeast. They are particularly attracted to bananas, grapes, peaches, pickles, pineapples tomatoes, beer, cider, vinegar, and wine.