Identifying Fruit Fly Species and Successfully Removing Them

Identifying Fruit Fly Species and Successfully Removing Them

Fruit flies are a common pest in homes and businesses across Oklahoma. While you may be able to identify these small pests, you may not realize that there are two different types of fruit flies that prefer very different settings. In this article, we will explain the difference between fruit fly species, including black-eyed fruit flies and red-eyed fruit flies, as well as provide some tips for removing them from your home or business.

The appropriate treatment for a fruit fly infestation will ultimately depend on which species of fruit fly is present and where their breeding location is. If you are unsure what fruit fly species is in your home or business, the easiest way to tell is by looking at their eye color. Let’s take a look at the different fruit flies you may find around your home or business.


Black-Eyed Fruit Fly

Finding the breeding habitat of a black-eyed fruit fly can be challenging because they prefer to utilize dark, wet locations that provide access to decaying organic waste. In many cases, this means that you can locate black-eyed fruit flies in commercial kitchens that have grease pits, clogged drains or areas with strainers. Addressing structural or sanitation issues that are leading to a black-eyed fruit fly infestation will provide a long-term solution that limits their breeding chances.


Red-Eyed Fruit Fly

Red-eyed fruit flies area common nuisance pest that can reproduce by the hundreds at an alarming rate. More often than not, you will find these pests hovering around fruits that have been left out or have been placed in a fruit bowl. Unlike black-eyed fruit flies, this species prefers to feed and reproduce on soft, decaying fruits. Limiting the food options available to these pests will help eliminate their food source as well as potential breeding sites.


Why Xtreme Pest Management for Fruit Flies?

Xtreme Pest Management takes pride in servicing locally owned restaurants, bars, pubs and entertainment venues. With the utilization of Nisus’ small fly control solutions, we can eliminate any existing flies you may be experiencing and keep them away. We encourage you to contact us today or call us at (918) 724-2028 for your initial consultation!