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Fruit Flies are part of the Drosophila family. These flies are a nuisance indoors and tend to be relatively harmless but do gather on exposed fruit. A more serious pest is the Drosophila suzukii (Spotted Wing Fruit Fly), however, which will damage fruit if left untreated.
Another species, The Cherry Fruit Fly (Rhagoletis cerasi), may also be identified on your Cherry Trees. These pests will also cause damage if left untreated.
Drosophila Fruit Flies gather on fruit bowls or exposed fruit indoors and will fly up when disturbed.
The Drosophila suzukii Fruit Fly will attack soft fruit outdoors and lay its eggs in ripened or unripened fruit. The eggs develop into white larvae that damage the fruit. The larvae can cause serious damage to Strawberries, Raspberries and Currants.
The Cherry Fruit Fly will lay eggs inside ripening cherries where white larvae will soon develop and consume the fruit from within, rotting and shrivelling up the cherries prematurely.
Drosophila Fruit Flies can be caught on our Fruit Fly Attractant Traps which incorporate sticky paper.
Damage from Drosophila suzukii Fruit Flies can be minimised with the use of fine netting which will protect plants and crops. Drosophila Suzukii Fruit Fly Traps filled with our liquid attractant will also catch the adults. Cherry Fruit Flies can also be caught effectively with these traps.