Nuisance and household pests-Fruit fly (vinegar fly)

Drosophila spp.

Pest description and damage Small, yellowish flies found around decaying vegetable matter.


These flies require a source of decaying vegetable matter: locate the breeding site. Destroy breeding media, clean infested areas, store new fruit in the refrigerator whenever possible, and bury culled fruit or vegetable matter. Aerosols containing pyrethrum can be used indoors. If garbage disposal is in the home and fruit flies persist after following the above suggestions, consult with a plumber to make sure the disposal is functioning properly.