How Temperature Affects the Behavior of Fruit Flies

Fruit flies are small, winged insects that infamously love to invade our kitchens and other spaces. Depending on the exterior temperature, their behavior can vary. Let's discuss how temperature affects their behavior.

High Temperature:

When the temperature gets high, fruit flies become hyperactive and their metabolic rate increases because they are cold-blooded insects. They seek cold environments and water, as they become easily dehydrated. These flies become attracted to cooler parts of the home, like basements or window sills, and away from the heat in the kitchen. According to an article in the National Library of Medicine, fruit flies have a shorter life span at higher temperatures.

Low Temperature:

These pests are more sluggish and slow when the temperature is low. They also tend to freeze, which leaves them temporarily paralyzed. This presents the perfect scenario to dispose of these little guys. During this time, they search for warmer environments or simply wait for higher heat levels to return. This is why fruit flies are often less active and visible in the winter.

Moderate Temperature:

Fruit flies are active at moderate temperatures and move around faster and land more frequently on surfaces. These flies frequently congregate in areas with fruits and vegetables. They start by eating and then lay eggs nearby for their offspring to hatch later. When the temperature is optimal, they can often be seen buzzing around in flurries.

Temperature Affects Reproduction of Fruit Flies:

They reproduce more efficiently in warm temperatures, as it helps their eggs hatch faster, leading to more offspring in a shorter amount of time. However, if temperatures are too high, the lifespan and reproductive lifespan of the fruit fly decreases.

In conclusion, fruit flies’ migration habits correspond to temperature changes and can vary depending on their specific species. By understanding the optimal temperature that supports their survival and reproductive strategies, we can control these pesky insects more effectively. With the right amount of control over your heating and cooling in the home, you could be become a fruit fly master hunter.

Here at Kennon Heating & Air Conditioning we want you to enjoy your home to the fullest. That starts with making sure that the air in your home is clean and at the perfect temperature for you. If we can help in any way, please contact us via email or phone (678) 251-9776. Stay cool, stay cozy.