Flies

BLUE BOTTLE FLY

bluebottleBlue bottle flies are similar in overall appearance to the common housefly but they are larger with a metallic blue/green sheen. These flies breed on animal carcasses, waste meat products and to a lesser degree, decaying plant material.

 

 

DRAIN FLY

(AKA Moth fly)

drainflyDrain flies are small (avg. size about 2mm) flies generally gray in color and easily recognized by their thick coat of hairs, which cover both the body and wings. Another key trait is their habit of holding their wings pitched over themselves 

 

FRUIT FLY

(AKA Pomace fly)

Fruit-FlyFruit flies are small (1/16th to ¼ inch long), brownish yellow to black in color and distinguished from other small fly families by their feathery antennae. The most common fruit fly, D. melanogaster has bright red eyes and is somewhat famous. Famous? That’s right because ground-breaking research on this little insect during the 1920’s produced much of our knowlege of modern genetics. Their fame not withstanding,these flies can be serious pests in wineries and in other types of food processing. At home they’re attracted to spoiled fruits and vegetables, unkept trash containers, soiled mops etc. Fruit flies can complete their life cycle in as little as one week so populations can build up quickly.

 

HOUSE FLY

(Musca domestica)

houseflyThe common house fly occurs worldwide. Adult flies are about ¼ inch long, and gray colored overall with four black stripes on the thorax. House flies prefer to breed in animal waste, garbage, compost piles, etc., and can produce a new generation in 4 to 7 days under the best conditions. The habits of the adult flies potentially put them in contact with disease causing organisms and indeed they’re proven contaminaters of food. Good sanitary practices are the first step toward eliminating houseflies.

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