How To Get Rid Of Fruit Flies


Drosophilidae is a diverse, cosmopolitan family of flies, including the genus Drosophila, which includes fruit flies. The fruit fly is mostly composed of post-mitotic cells, has a very short lifespan, and shows gradual ageing. As in other species, temperature influences the life history of the animal. Several genes have been identified whose manipulation extends the lifespan of these animals.


The best known species is Drosophila melanogaster, which is used extensively for studies concerning genetics, development, physiology, ecology and behaviour.

Drosophilidae, a family of smaller, nuisance flies, including:

  • Drosophila, the genus of small fruit flies and vinegar flies

  • Drosophila melanogaster, often called the common fruit fly, which is an important model organism in modern biology

  • Drosophila suzukii, often called the Asian fruit fly, native to southeast Asia but appeared as an invasive species in North America in 2008

How Do Fruit Flies Get In.

Flies found inside a building have entered from the outside in almost all cases. Therefore, barriers preventing access to the building are the first line of defense.

How To Keep Fruit Flies Out.

Cracks around windows and doors where flies may enter should be sealed. Well-fitted screens will also limit their access to buildings. Outdoors, regular removal (at least once a week) and disposal of organic waste, including dog feces and rotting fruit, reduces the attractiveness of the area to adult flies and limits their breeding sites. Garbage should not be allowed to accumulate and should be placed in plastic bags and held in containers with tight-fitting lids. Garbage should also be placed as far from a building entrance as is practicable. In general, poor exclusion and lack of sanitation are the major contributors to fly problems.

Professional Extermination Method.

Our trained technicians would advise against spraying directly into the air to kill flies. – Flies need a source to breed, for example: decaying meat, fecal matter, trash, ect. Our technicians possess the knowledge to find the root of the problem and attack it at the source.

For more methods on how to get rid of Fruit Flies check out UC Davis: Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program

*Cited from UC Davis Integrated Pest Management Program & Wikipedia

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