House Fly

House Fly

House Fly

Size: Medium-sized flies about 1/4-inch in length.
 
Color: Dark gray; four stripes are present on top of the thorax in front of the wings.

Behavior of the House Fly

The house fly is the most common and ubiquitous fly on the planet, being found everywhere humans are found except possibly the coldest reaches of the Arctic and Antarctic. Because it frequents unsanitary areas, such as garbage and manure, this fly is considered a possible health risk and its presence indoors should be minimized. This species has sponging mouth parts so it cannot eat solid food. It regurgitates digestive fluids onto its food and then sponges up its digested liquid meal.
 
This species breeds primarily in fresh animal manure and so is most common on and near farms. Lawns where dog manure is left for days can also become a significant breeding site for house flies. Any building can be plagued by house flies, but those located near farms and pastures are likely to experience more flies than other structures. House flies rarely breed indoors, but if they do, the site is usually a trash container that hasn’t been cleaned for a while or possibly rotting vegetables or fruit in a box in a restaurant storeroom or kitchen.
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