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Know Thy Enemy: Fruit Flies

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Jessica
08.05.12

Fruit salad: Two parts strawberries, one part pineapple and a pinch of fruit flies. This is your salad’s reality if you don’t take the necessary precautions against these annoying pests!

Fruit flies can do more than ruin fruit salad, though. They also spread bacteria around your house. Just think, that fruit fly that’s buzzing around your kitchen was probably buzzing around a dumpster fifteen minutes earlier.

Fruit flies may be small, but that doesn’t make them easy to kill. Take some time to learn the ways of the fruit fly so you can get rid of them effectively! For detailed extermination strategies, read: Pest Control: Fruit Flies.

Fruit Fly Facts:


  • In one year, two fruit flies can produce a dynasty that, packed into a ball, would fill the space between the earth and sun. That’s a pretty gross and enormous ball-o-insect.

  • Some species of fruit fly maggots are used by doctors to heal burn victims. The maggots eat the dead flesh, but leave the healthy tissues alone. (Russell Crowe also used this tactic when healing his arm in Gladiator.)

  • Fruit flies don’t just eat fruit! They can also spend their time happily munching on sink slime or a dirty mop. If you’re a cocktail fan, they can even absorb the alcohol fumes from your drink and convert them into food.

  • They have standards. Fruit flies aren’t interested in unripe fruit because it doesn’t have the yeast they love to eat.

  • Adult fruit flies can travel as far as 6 ½ miles in one day. Pretty good for something that’s 1/8-inch long.

  • Fruit flies aren’t the sharpest insects in the house. They’re easy to trap in a bowl filled with old skinless fruit or some sweet wine. For details, read step #11 of: Pest Control: Fruit Flies.
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