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Fruit Fly

Red-Eyed Fruit Fly

Fruit Fly – Drosophila melanogaster (Meigen).  The fruit fly is a small fly with red eyes that is considered both a nuisance pest and as a contaminator of food items.  Large populations can build up quickly in food processing establishments and restaurants, especially where there are bars and fermenting fruit used in such areas.  Eggs are laid near the fermenting material or food debris that clings to the inside of most drains, where they live near the surface of this material.  Sanitation is the key to long term control.