Blow Fly

 Identification and Control

Proper identification is an important first step in controlling ants.


How to Identify an 

Blow Fly

Blowflies are large (1/2 inch long), metallic-colored, and have a bristly appearance. They often fly in swarms and are most easily identified by their size and their bristly appearance.

Where do they come from?

How to keep them out

The best way to get rid of blowflies is to eliminate their food sources by thoroughly cleaning your kitchen and bathroom. You can also use commercial fly traps or bait. If you have a severe infestation, you may need to call a professional exterminator.

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What do they look like?

Wing venation is a key way to ID a blow fly
Metallic green coloring of a blow fly
Blow fly using sponging mouthparts to eat
Large eyes and mouthparts of a blow fly

Where do they live?

Blow fly larvae are saprophages (scavengers), so they lay their eggs on dead animals, garbage cans/dumpsters, decaying organic material, or manure. They can pick up faint traces of odor of decay and can fly up to 12 miles in search of a suitable carcass to lay their eggs






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