House Fly

housefly infestation

The housefly is the most common fly species. Adult insects are grey to black with four dark longitudinal lines on the thorax, slightly hairy bodies and a single pair of membranous wings. They have red eyes, and the slightly larger female has these set further apart than the male. The female housefly usually only mates once and lays batches of about 100 eggs on decaying organic matter. These soon hatch into legless white maggots which after 2 to 5 weeks of development transform into reddish-brown pupae about 0.3 inches long. Adult flies can live for 2 to 4 weeks, but can hibernate during winter. Adults feed on a variety of liquid or semi-liquid substances beside solid materials which have been softened by saliva. They carry pathogens on their bodies and in the feces and can contaminate foodstuffs and contribute to the transfer of food-borne illnesses.

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