Fruit Flies

Pest Facts: Fruit Flies

Fruit flies feed on decaying fruits and vegetables.



Pest Facts
  • Color: Tan/ light abdomen
  • Legs: Six
  • Shape: Small oval
  • Size: 1/8 inches
  • Antennae: Yes
  • Flying: Yes
  • Region: Throughout the United States



Fruit flies feed on decaying matter, especially fruits and vegetables.


Fruit flies are small pests that are commonly found in homes, restaurants and other facilities where food is processed. They are found on moist, decaying matter that has been stationary for several days.


Fruit flies are found in unsanitary conditions, so they are a potential health concern, especially when present in health facilities.


Fruit flies are best prevented through vigilant sanitation practices. Remove kitchen trash daily, and keep counter surfaces clean.

*Resource credit: Courtesy of the National Pest Management Association*