House Fly

House Fly Facts, Identification & Control

Latin Name: Family Muscidae

Appearance

Usually gray, less than 1/4-inch long with four black stripes on the thorax.

Habit

They prefer corners and edges or thin objects to rest on. Indoors, they rest on floors, walls and ceilings during the day. Outdoors, they will rest on plants, the ground, fence wires, garbage cans, etc. Night resting places are usually near sources of food and 5 to 15 feet off the ground.

Diet

Wide variety of food, including human food, animal food and carcasses, garbage and excrement.

Reproduction

House fly eggs are laid in almost any warm, moist material that will supply suitable food for the larvae. The female begins laying eggs a few days after hatching, laying a total of five to six batches of 75 to 100 eggs. In warm weather, eggs hatch in 12 to 24 hours.