Fruit Fly

Fruit Fly Identification and Control

Correct identification is an important first step in pest control.

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Drosophila spp.
How To Identify a Fruit Fly

Fruit flies are small, only 1/8 of an inch long and usually have bright red eyes. 

Where Do They Come From

Fruit flies lay their eggs on ripe or overripe fruit, retables, or on decaying organic material. They are also attracted to light. 

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Where Do They Lay Their Eggs

Fruit flies lay their eggs on ripe or overripe fruit, retables, or on decaying organic material.

Name :

Drosophila spp.

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Light :

Yes, they are attracted to light

Tips & Tricks

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How To Prevent Flies From Entering Your Home

  • To help prevent fruit flies, keep exterior doors closed, install screen doors, or install an automatic door closer, especially on doors leading into the kitchen.
  • Exclude their entry by caulking, weather stripping, door sweeps, screens, etc.
  • Keep any screens in good repair. Locate where they could be breeding and remove it, if possible.
  • Improve sanitation, especially with fruit and food material, used soda cans/juice boxes, clean broom/mop heads, and floor drains.
  • Clean floor drains on a regular basis. 
  • Keep dumpsters 50 feet away from the building.
  • Trash cans, dumpsters, and garbage areas should be clean and free of odor.
  • Lids on dumpsters and trash cans should be kept closed. 

Learn more by reading our blog post: Dumpster Maintenance. 

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How To Get Rid Of Flies Around Your Home

  • Vinegar traps or commercially produced fruit fly traps can catch flies that come indoors.

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How To Control

Flies can be difficult to control, but that’s what we are here for. We create a strategic plan to gain control of your fly problem and make sure we get results.

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Thorn's Approach

We take a scientific approach to fly control. We start with an inspection and assessment to help us identify the flies, locate where they are, and create a specific plan for your property. Every home and business is different and requires a unique strategy.


Our Approach to Pest Control

Proper pest management starts with a detailed inspection and assessment from an expert pest professional before treatment. Thorn Pest Solutions uses a three-step process rooted in science to eliminate pests with long-term results.

Driven By Science. Lead By Service.

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Assess Situation

First, we identify the root problem(s) with a site assessment. Pests are almost always an indicator of an environmental condition. This will determine the best actions to provide short and your long-term results against pests.

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Execute Action Plan

Next, we develop a plan to fix the problems we discovered. This includes solving current pest issues, eliminating conducive conditions, and monitoring for future pest activity. Good pest management starts with a good plan.

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Track Success

Lastly, we implement the solutions we developed including inspection, monitoring, and preventing future pest infestations. Good pest control requires a good offense and not just defense. Prevention is key.

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