There are more than 120,000 species of flies worldwide. Most flies live an average of 21 days and take on various shapes throughout their short lives. Baby flies are called larvae but they are also known as maggots. Medical doctors use a special species of maggots to help patients with flesh wounds, especially burn victims. Maggots eat away the damaged flesh, which helps the wound heal.

General Information

  • Fruit flies live for 8-10 days. In that time, females lay around 500 eggs, using rotting fruit or vegetables as their nest.
  • Size 1/8”
  • Shape: small, oval
  • Color: tan
  • Legs: 6
  • Wings: Yes
  • Antenna: Yes
  • Diet: fruit flies feed on decaying fruits and vegetables


Fruit flies are commonly found in homes, restaurants and other facilities where food is processed. They are especially attracted to garbage that has just been sitting around.


Fruit flies are found in unsanitary conditions like garbage dumps and trashcans. When they are around, humans can become very sick.


  • Keep your home clean
  • Remove kitchen trash every day and keep kitchen counters clean
  • Immediately remove rotting food from your home