General Info
  • In warm weather these flies can grow from an egg to an adult incredibly fast (7-14 days)
  • The larvae or “maggots “are very small and often not even noticeable
  • Common names for these small flies are fruit flies, vinegar flies, moth flies, and fungus gnats
Where They Breed
  • These small flies breed in drains/garbage disposals, moist flower pots, garbage cans, ripening fruit, or around any dampness created by plumbing leaks
What They Want From You
  • These flies are looking for decaying food as a breeding site
Why They Are A Problem
  • Indoor breeding flies can be annoying and will multiply quickly unless promptly controlled
  • They contaminate our food by laying their eggs on things we eat
Tips & Tricks
  • Empty garbage cans regularly
  • The key to solving an indoor breeding fly problem is to locate and remove the item that is attracting the adult fly – this will often solve the immediate problem
  • Remove or refrigerate over-ripe fruits and vegetables
  • These flies can also breed in mops that are continuously moist and not rinsed properly after use
  • Clean out recyclables and empty bins regularly - these flies can breed in residue left in beverage cans and other recyclables
  • Use a wire brush or drain cleaner to remove eggs/larvae from drains


Fly size bar

1/8 to 3/16 inch long


Commonly Mistaken for

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