3 to 4 mm
The fruit fly has a tan thorax and its abdomen is black on top and grey underneath. Its eyes are red or dark.
Fruit flies often infest homes with ripe, rotting, or decayed fruit and produce. They also enjoy fermented items such as beer, spirits and wine. Fruit flies might also breed and develop in drains, waste disposals, bins and mop buckets.
Feed on rotting or decayed foods.
Once they begin reproducing indoors, females are able to lay about 500 eggs and the eggs will hatch in as little as 24-30 hours after being deposited by the female. This makes the pests difficult to control.
Regularly wipe surfaces, clean spills and empty your bins to help prevent fruit fly infestations. If you already have an infestation, it is important to identify the source, rid any fermenting waste and then take additional control methods.