Blow Fly

 Identification and Control

Proper identification is an important first step in controlling ants.

Calliphoridae

How to Identify an 

Blow Fly

Blow flies are a medium sized, full-bodied fly. They are metallic green and blue appearance.


Where do they come from?

Blow flies are considered a filth fly and therefore lay their eggs on dead animals, garbage cans/dumpsters, decaying organic material, or manure. Numerous blow flies indoors can indicate that an animal has died in a wall void or somewhere within the building.


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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

Name:

Calliphoridae

Size:

Large

Diet:

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