Fruit fly or vinegar fly (Drosophilidae)

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Fruit fly or vinegar fly (Drosophilidae)

Identification: An adult fruit fly is 0.3 to 0.4 cm long, depending on the species. In most species, the eyes are bright red, the abdomen shows brown transverse stripes.

Life cycle: A female lays 400-900 eggs in fermenting or decaying material. The development from eggs to adult takes 8-10 days. The eggs and larvae have protrusions or breathing tubes.

Commodities infested: Fresh fruit is not affected by these bugs, but fruit and vegetable products will be contaminated. Fruit flies are found in the food industry, breweries, fruit shops, kitchens and cafes.

Good hygiene is important for prevention.

Treatment: Controlled Atmosphere for infestation in product
Treatment: Heat Treatment for infestation in buildings