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Have a Flesh Fly Problem?


The Flesh Fly is gray and black, with stripes and patterns that are similar to the common housefly but is identified by its red eyes. Flesh flies lay their eggs on dead animals, pet waste, and in garbage and some in open wounds. Although they do not bite, they can carry bacteria and diseases such as leprosy and intestinal parasites, through their contact with decaying animal and vegetative matter.

Flesh flies also feed on the young of other pests, such as spiders, snails, crickets, and other flies. If you have a large presence of flesh flies inside or near your home it may be an indication of a dead animal nearby or that there is large presence of eggs and larvae of another pest nearby.


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Flesh flies usually have gray bodies with three black stripes on the thorax. The abdomen has a light and dark gray checkerboard pattern and is often red at the tip. Though some species may be smaller than house flies, most flesh flies are about 10 to 13 mm long.

Control Advice

Ensure all windows and attic ventilations are covered with tight fitting screens. Seal cracks in interior walls that open to attics and ventilation spaces.

Active Seasons

The Face Fly is most active in spring and summer but may also emerge during warm weather.

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