Populations of D. melanogaster have, on occasion, reached pest status, for example in tomato fields and fig orchards. The infestation of Drosophila in homes sometimes becomes a nuisance. One related species, D. repleta, has quite often had nuisance value in restaurants and public houses. Infestations in both domestic and commercial premises are best handled by ensuring that potential breeding sites (typically rotting fruit) are cleaned up.
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