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Fruit Fly

Fruit flies (AKA Pomace flies) are small (1/16th to 1/4 inch long)brownish yellow to black in color and distinguished from other small fly families by their feathery antennae. The most common fruit fly, D. melanogaster has bright red eyes and is somewhat famous. Famous? That’s right because ground-breaking research on this little insect during the 1920’s produced much of our knowlege of modern genetics. Their fame not withstanding,these flies can be serious pests in wineries and in other types of food processing. At home they’re attracted to spoiled fruits and vegetables, unkept trash containers, soiled mops etc. Fruit flies can complete their life cycle in as little as one week so populations can build up quickly. Contact us at 1-800-525-8084.

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