House & Filth Fly

 Identification and Control

Proper identification is an important first step in controlling ants.

Musca domestica

How to Identify an 

House & Filth Fly

House flies are a 1/4 inch in length with 4 black stripes on the prothorax. This is similar in appearance to the face fly.

Where do they come from?

House flies are considered a filth fly which means they are greatly benefited by our human environment for proliferation (rapid reproduction). The adults and larvae can transmit diseases to humans. They are also a nuisance by annoying and distracting people inside and outside.

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What do they look like?

Wing venation is a key way to ID a house fly
Front and side view of a house fly
The house fly used sponging mouth parts to eat their food
There are four prominent stipes on the back of the house fly

Where do they live?

House flies lay their eggs on animal manure or decaying organic matter-especially garbage and dumpsters. While the adults feed on manure, decaying organic material and human food products; the larvae just feed on manure and decaying organic matter.

Name:

Musca domestica

Size:

Large

Diet:

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