Flesh Fly

 Identification and Control

Proper identification is an important first step in controlling ants.

Sarcophaga spp.

How to Identify an 

Flesh Fly

Flesh flies are large and gray in color with a checkerboard pattern on the abdomen. They have 3 dark stripes on top of their thorax. (The house fly has 4 stripes.)

Where do they come from?

Flesh flies are filth flies so they lay their eggs on dead animals, in or around garbage and dumpster receptacles and decaying organic material. Many flesh flies indoors may indicate that an animal has died in a wall void or somewhere within the building.

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What do they look like?

Three prominent stripes on a flesh fly
Flesh fly dorsal view with the checkerboard pattern visible
Flesh flies are also known for their red eyes

Where do they live?

Flesh flies lay eggs on dead animals, in or around garbage and dumpster receptacles and decaying organic material.

Name:

Sarcophaga spp.

Size:

Large

Diet:

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