Fruit Flies

Drosophila species
Pest Stats
Color: Tan/ light abdomen
Legs: 6
Shape: Small oval
Size: 1/8 of an inch
Antennae: Yes
Region: Found throughout U.S.

Fruit flies get their common name from their small size and fondness of some fruits. Small fruit flies are nuisance pests, but may act as disease vectors.


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 heath concern, especially when present in health facilities.