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 easy to identify by their large size (1/2 inch long), black body, and six legs. They have two large compound eyes that are often red or green. They also have a long, slender proboscis that they use to suck up food.

Where do they come from?

House flies are common in the United States and Canada. They are most often found near garbage cans, sewage systems, and other sources of food. They can also be brought into your home on food or garbage.

How to keep them out

The best way to get rid of house flies 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 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.


Musca domestica




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