Do Fruit Flies Bite People?

People around the world wonder “do fruit flies bite?” or “can fruit flies bite?”. Nobody really likes fruit flies as they can be really annoying, especially when you are trying to prepare a meal or something special for the family. It can also be fairly embarrassing to have them flying around your home as it can give people the impression that you are not a clean person. But many people wonder if they are more then a nuisance and if they can actually bite. Many people have reported little red spots appearing on their skin when they have been around fruit flies, perhaps this is even the reason why you wanted to do the research required to find out if fruit flies really bite. Despite popular belief, the answer will surprise you as there are definitely risks involved when it comes to allowing these pests to invade your home. What are these risks and how can you protect yourself and your family? Most of the solutions we provide on this site are easy to follow and can really help you to solve your fruit fly problem. We will also discuss the potential health risks that are associated with these flies.

Do Fruit Flies Bite Skin?

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Do Fruit Flies Bite

The short answer is no, you do not run the risk of being bitten by a fruit fly. Fruit flies do NOT bite people. In fact, according to scientific research on the biological makeup of the insect, it turns out that fruit flies don’t even have teeth. They eat their food by pushing out a catabolic fluid that helps break down their food. Once this has been completed, they suck it up with a special mouth piece that has been made for this purpose. So dispute popular belief, the reality is that you are not going to be bitten by a fruit fly so anyone who asks you this question, you can explain to them what you have just discovered. However, before you breath a sigh of relief, you need to remember that fruit flies pose a much greater risk. Fruit flies can potentially create serious health risk in your home.

Due to the nature of their daily diet, fruit flies are often exposed to foods that are rotten, decaying or just things that are generally not sanitary. This can cause them to carry dangerous bacteria that is often found in garbage. So remember to take out your garbage or to make sure that its covered properly. Another idea is to put your offcuts (from vegetables, meat, etc) into a plastic shopping bag and put it in the freezer instead of putting it directly into your main kitchen bin. This will prevent it from attracting fruit flies. (see this website for additional info on the subject. Just like flies, its also important to note that fruit flies are often attracted to animal excrement, which can cause a serious health risk to the surrounding area. So when your pets leave behind their waste, try and get rid of it as soon as possible. If you have a weak stomach, at least try and cover it with sand if its outside.

The bacteria that is carried from these type of sources can often result in harmful diseases being spread in areas where fruit flies can be found.  So next time someone asks you “do fruit flies bite?”. you can tell them that they do not but rather pose a health risk instead. According to research, the two most common results of exposure to this bacteria is diarrhea and dysentery. If you have any of the follow symptoms, it is highly recommended that you go and see your local doctor. These include frequent loose stools, stomach cramps and abdominal pain, hot fever, vomiting or even dizziness. Although these can result from a number of sources, fruit flies are definitely one of the big causes of these types of problems.

Fruit Fly Bite Proof?

Although it has been proved that fruit flies do not have teeth, its interesting to note that people have reported getting red spots when having been in contact with fruit flies. If you have not had this experience yourself, then here is an image as to what it looks like:

fruit fly bites If you have had this type of a reaction, you might argue the fact that the statement “do fruit flies bite” is true. However, this rare occurrence is not due to bites, its actually because you have a allergic reaction to the bacteria that fruit flies carry on their body. This exposure creates small red dots where the fruit flies may have landed on your skin and gives the impression that you have been bitten. Before you start freaking out, its important to note that you do not need to go see a doctor if you deal with it quickly. Just go for a hot shower, give yourself a good scrubbing and you should be fine. If you are extra paranoid, just dab some apple cider vinegar on the red spots and they should disappear quickly. An anti-bacterial cream also works well but is not necessary so you don’t have to go running to the nearest shop to grab some. Do they bite? No, but as we can see, they can cause serious skin irritation. So there are no flies that bite.

If you are having a problem with fruit flies, you need to get rid of them as soon as possible. There are many ways to do this and despite popular belief, its rather easy to free yourself from these pests. If you would like to kill fruit flies in your home, you can find many informative articles on this site. Always remember, the best way to protect yourself is to prevent the problem happening in the first place so keep your kitchen clean, especially during the summer months.

In summary, fruit flies do not bite. Although fruit flies can be really irritating, they do not pose a risk when it comes to physical bites. If you do get red marks, its just due to the exposure to bacteria and is easily resolved. However, it is important to get rid of fruit flies as soon as possible as they do pose long term health risks if they stick around too long. If you have any other questions such as where do fruit flies come from and how to get rid of them, this article is just for you. I hope that this article has been beneficial and I would like to thank you for reading it. If you enjoyed it, please share it with your friends! :)

Natasha Anderson

Natasha Anderson

Hi there! My name is Natasha and I would like to thank you for reading this guide. If you have any concerns or would like to ask a question about this article, I encourage you to leave a comment below and I will provide a reliable answer within about 24 hours. Remember, all this information is provided at absolutely no cost and if you have enjoyed what you have read, please show your appreciation by sharing this post on your favorite social network below. I look forward to helping you!
Natasha Anderson
Natasha Anderson
Please note that the contents of this guide is for informational purposes only. If you would like to receive professional advice to diagnose a pest control related problem, please contact your local exterminator immediately.

Comments

  1. Elliander Eldridge says:

    Then why do I feel a sting when one lands on me? It feels really sharp, but there is never a bite mark, nor do I get those rashes. Isn’t it possible that the some people may have a reaction to the catabolic fluid itself? If it is a digestive enzyme capable of breaking down meat, what kind of effect can it have on our bodies?

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Elliander,
      Thanks for your comment. Yes, that is very possible as some peoples skin is extremely sensitive to those sort of things. The pain isnt usually sharp though, are you 100% sure that it was a fruit fly that landed on you? Although some have a reaction to it, its not dangerous to you. Of course, you should address your fruit fly problem as soon as possible because they can spread bacteria but don’t worry that you have had minimal contact with them.
      Hope that helps.
      Natasha

      • Tasha says:

        I have also felt this sting and later the little red bump appears. I’m positive at this point it is the fruit flies. Thanks for the information it was very helpful.

        • Natasha Anderson says:

          Its a pleasure Tasha, glad that you have enjoyed my content :)

  2. Nowelowe w kinach says:

    I really appreciate the work that you are doing here Natasha, your instructions are clear and easy to follow.. Keep putting up!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Pleasure Nowelowe, I plan to write about 10 articles a month (time permitting) so stay tuned for more bug removal goodness!

  3. Jeff Chaplin says:

    While I was washing the dishes I noticed that a fruit fly had landed on me and I suddenly had a scary feeling that they could bite me. Even though I didn’t feel a bite, I did some research and your info clarified it for me :)

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Jeff, yeah there is nothing really to worry about. Just be aware though that they can carry bacteria which can sometimes result in red dots or even a mild allergic reaction but they definitely cant actually bite you :)

  4. Lomeems says:

    Thank you so much! I had the exact same “bite” marks and had no idea where they came from. This info was very helpful.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

       Good stuff, its quite a relief hey, I was quite stressed the first time I saw them first as well!

  5. laura says:

    I have simular red marks but they itch are they fruit flies? does anyone have the same problem they itch like crazy

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Laura. Its possible that it may be from another insect, especially if you do not have a fruit fly problem. Did you wake up in the morning with the marks? It may be caused by bed bugs, they often leave a rather itchy bite mark, depending on the sensitivity of the skin. Also, how many bite marks do you have? If its only one or two, perhaps its just mosquito bites? Let me know :)

  6. Ilovemybooduh says:

    Thank god I thought It was Fleas Id Rather it be flies then fleas  They were biting my baby and I.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey! I am glad you found the article useful. If you like, you can send me a picture of the bugs that are biting you two and I will tell you exactly what they are :)

  7. ProudMommy says:

    Hi Natasha, My daughter got a bunch of marks that looked JUST LIKE the above picture. Took her to the Doc Time #1, was told Viral. Doc time #2, was told Folliculitis, given antibiotic cream and anti-biotics… no help.. Doc#3, Alas, Big bites (or the actual contact rash from them). The earliest bumps are now about 2 weeks old, and are finally starting to heal.. They are now flesh colored and the bump is almost flush with her arm, but she has some that are on her face now.. and we just set up the vinegar traps yesterday. My dauighter doesn’t seem to be itching like crazy *she’s 4, but only a litle. If you ask her if they itch she says no. I just wanted to know if you think this is normal? The Doc just said bug bites… said it didn’t look lile “bed” bug bites, but we have had fruit flies in our house.. and thats’ what made me look this up. I just wasn’t sure how long I should wait for ehr current spots to heal before panicing and takling her back to the doc for trip#4! Thanks for any opinion you can give

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey! Sorry for the late response, somehow your comment slipped past me and I didn’t mark it for follow up. I am sorry to hear about your daughter. I have found that some people get allergic reactions to fruit flies bacteria, not because of any bites. From what it sounds like, it is probably bed bugs which I highly recommend investigating immediately, especially considering her age. Its nothing to panic about, just follow the steps outlined in my bed bug removal articles on this blog – If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact me!

  8. Tiffany Earnest says:

    Thank you for this! I’ve been tormented with these bumps for 2 weeks now and in my case they itch at first. Thought fleas but the pets aren’t itching and I hadn’t seen any, thought bed bugs but the timing, appearance and locations weren’t lining up. Still did a deep clean of the house, washed all fabrics, replaced the allergy cover on the bed, etc. Kept getting bumps but never actually SAW a single insect on me. Finally narrowed down my whereabouts with exposure time when the bumps would appear and started to suspect something in my car. Tonight I went out and found an odd bug on the dashboard. Took a photo and headed to Google. Identified the bug as a large fruit fly (didn’t know they could get that big!) and then started researching whether they bite, which led me here. I’m just relieved to know I’m not crazy! I’ve always been very sensitive to insect bites (my friends say I’m like walking insect repellent for them, I keep the bugs busy!) and I’m so relieved to find what I suspect is the problem. The exposed areas of my legs (ankles to knees) look exactly like the photo with this article. Thanks again!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Tiffany! I also have a friend that seems to attract bugs wherever he goes, we joke that he finds the insects and I get rid of them lol. Anyways, I will drop you a mail a little later because I would like to see that picture if you still have it available because fruit flies don’t bite. It may be that you are having an allergic reaction to their bacteria but keep in mind that there wouldn’t be any bite marks then. Keep me updated :)

  9. Karen says:

    Natasha: My daughter lives in apartment complex and her apartment as well as many others are infested with fruit flys. Managment is telling the tenants there is nothing that they can do about it. They have been somewhat proactive about moving trash cans away from buildings and pouring bleach down the drains, but that is about it. Any suggestions since she may be keeping her apartment clean, but others may not.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hi Karen! My recommendation is to purchase a pretty netting for the windows and to use an enzyme based drain cleaner to clear up any sludge that my be attracting either drain flies or fruit flies. Another idea is to place offcuts of food, etc. into plastic bags before throwing them into the kitchen bin. This makes sure any potential chance of decay doesn’t cause any fruit fly infestations. Hope that helps :)

  10. Eva E. says:

    Where do fruit flies come from? How do they come out of nowhere & then when you dispose of whatever they are around for they disappear with no dead fruit fly evidence. Can you explain why they are like this? Also, I have been getting those red dots recently exactly from my feet to knees, occasionally one or two on my arms, what’s the difference from flea bites & fruit fly bacteria marks. You mentioned bed bugs & that freaked me out, do they bite leaving marks exactly like that as well?

    I do inspect my dog everyday & found one flea only a few different times, but I caught them & flushed them & put frontline on him. The last two weeks he hasn’t had anymore thank god. I am interested in the difference of the bites/markings of fruit flies, fleas & bed bugs. I do not leave food out in my trash (I put them in bags & in the fridge until I go to the dumpster, but it should be the freezer?). Your advice is appreciated & I found this website very informative & right to the point.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Eva! Based on my experience, I also find it strange that they just “appear” but there is a reasonable explanation for this behavior. While I can go into detail here, please first check out my article entitled “Where do fruit flies come from” (linked in this guide) as it will outline the entire process and let me know if you need any further assistance :) Bed bug bites are usually close to each other while flea bites are a bit more sporadic. I have actually written a guide on bed bug bites and flea bites so please check them out when you get a chance. If you can send me an image of the bites I will be happy to try and assist you further! Cheers!

  11. Malia says:

    Hi, thank you so much for all of this great info! There is almost nothing out there about this. I have a 9 month old baby who has a bunch of bug bites on her legs and a few on her arms. They start off with 3-4 and multiply over a few days. They start off looking like regular bites and end up in the shape of a C. Not all of them turn into a C shape. We went to the dermatologist and had it byopsied. It turned out to be bug bites. The only bugs I have seen in my house are fruit flys, ants and the occasional spider. I thought Mosquitos or maybe bed bugs but after further investigation I found no evidence of bed bugs. Another important thing is that she doesn’t seem bothered by them. I hope you can shed some light on these mystery bites. Thank you!

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Malia! I am not to sure about the C shape but I recommend treating your living areas for mites. I had a reader a couple weeks ago that knew it definitely was not bed bugs or fleas (please make sure of this) and it ended up being mites so check that possibility out. I will be writing a few guides on mites in the near future, will let you know when they are up. :)

  12. Philippe says:

    An excellent article and very informative. You have put our mind at ease now that we know the truth about fruit flies and what we can do. A huge relief. Thanks fr your expertise.

    • Natasha Anderson says:

      Hey Philippe! Thanks for your kind words, I am glad that I could help :)

  13. Carrie taylor says:

    If fruit flies do not bite then why do I see blood when I kill them

    • Kelly says:

      I came to this site to bring this up. I have killed several full of red that looks like the blood I see in mosquitos when I smash them right after they bite me. Please give us a answer

      • Natasha Anderson says:

        Hey Kelly and Carrie. The redness you see is either from the pigment in their eyes or leftovers from their last meal (e.g. fermented juice, etc.). They definitely do not bite or suck our blood. Thanks for your questions :)

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