How to Identify Fruit FLies

Fruit flies are tiny insects (only 1/8 of an inch fully grown). The fruit fly has red eyes with a tan front and a black back. They are most noticeable in the summer and fall months when their food supply of rotting fruit and vegetables are the most common. Fruit flies are a year-round insect; present wherever foods and fruit are allowed to rot and ferment. Fruit flies have a very short life cycle of approximately one week. However, they are prolific reproducers. In a brief couple of days in its adult stage, a single fruit fly can lay over 500 eggs. 

When fruit flies enter the confines of a home, restaurant, grocery, supermarket, food processing plant, food distribution warehouse, or wherever food may be overly ripening or decaying, they can quickly cause an enormous infestation problem. Fruit flies lay their eggs on decaying food and within its extremely short life cycle, hundreds of additional fruit flies will emerge.

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Fruit Flies on Fruit


Fruit fly infestations can be a problem on Long Island, NY, and it’s important to be aware of the signs of their presence so you can take steps to eliminate them. Some common signs of a fruit fly infestation include:

  • Seeing live fruit flies: If you see small, reddish-brown flies flying around your home or buzzing near windows and doors, it’s a clear sign that you have a fruit fly infestation.

  • Finding fruit fly eggs: Fruit flies lay eggs in moist, decaying matter, such as overripe fruits and vegetables. If you find small, white eggs in these areas, it could be a sign of a fruit fly infestation.

  • Seeing fruit flies on your produce: If you notice fruit flies on your fresh produce, it could be a sign of an infestation.

  • Smelling a foul odor: Fruit flies are attracted to decay and may lay eggs in decomposing matter, which can produce a foul odor. If you notice a bad smell in your home, it could be a sign of a fruit fly infestation. 


Fruit fly infestations can be a risk on Long Island, NY, as these pests are attracted to ripe or decaying fruits and vegetables and can enter homes through small cracks and crevices. If left unchecked, a fruit fly infestation can become a nuisance and pose a number of risks. Some of the risks associated with a fruit fly infestation on Long Island, NY include:

Health Risk

Fruit flies can carry bacteria and other germs on their bodies, which can lead to contamination of food. This can pose a risk to human health.


Fruit flies can be a nuisance, buzzing around and landing on surfaces, making it difficult to enjoy your home.

Property Damage

In some cases, fruit fly infestations can lead to damage to the structure of a home, such as holes in walls or damage to insulation.


Knockout Pest Control is your local expert at knocking out fruit flies, and we keep them down for the count. Every member of our team receives over 100 hours of classroom instruction and in-the-field training so you are guaranteed a knock out punch to your pest problem every time. 

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