Fly Control Charts

 

Table Summary of Fly Identification, Host Material, Adult Ocurrence and Life Cycle
Insect Identifying Characteristics Preferred Host Material Adult Ocurrence Life Cycle
House Fly 1/4 inch long: dul gray with 4 stripes on thorax; 4th wing vein sharpley angled Animal waste, gargage, and other decaying organic matter Most abundant later summer and early fall 7-45 days
Flesh Flies 2 to 3 times larger thatn house fly: gray and black checkboard patternon abdomen Garbage, manure, and animal carcasses Common in warm months 2-4 weeks
Blow Flies About twice as large as house fly; metallic blue or green color Animal carcasses, garbage, and manure Spring and Summer 2-4 weeks
Fruit Flies 1/8th inch long; yellowish brown;hover around ripe or decaying fruits and vegetables Decaying fruits fruits and vegetables;garbage Most abundant in late summer and early fall 1 to 2 weeks
Fungus Gnats Fungus gnats are tiny, most are less than 1/16 of an inch, although some may be larger. The larvae feed on fungus growing in the soil and moist organic matter. Most abundant in warm and moist conditions 2-3 weeks
Cheese Skipper Black, shiny, with bronze tints Moist sources: overripe and moldy cheese, ham. Most abundant in warm and moist conditions 2-3 weeks
Phorid Flies Superficially resemble fruit flies, but are more humpbacked Decaying vegetation and animal matter Most abundant in warmer months 1-2 weeks
Moth/Drain Flies 1/8 inch long; body and wings densely covered with long hairs Decaying organic matter, especially around drains and sewers More common in warm months 2-3 weeks
Sparaerocierid Flies 1/8-inch; black Decaying organic matter, especially moist animal manure More common in warm months 2-3 weeks
Stable Flies 1/4-inch;long, pointed proboscis decaying hay, straw, fermenting weeds, grass and sea weeds More common in warm months,after a rain 3-4 weeks
Cluster Fly Superficailly resemble house fly but is slightly larger and more sluggish in its movements They are parasites of earthworms and breed outdoors in lawns and fields Abundant in spring and fall 4-6 weeks


Table Summary of Flies-Management Methods
Insect Chemical and Traps Other
House Fly Residual and contact sprays;baits, traps; lavacides Sanitation, exclusion, habitat destruction
Flesh Flies Residual and contact sprays, traps Sanitation and habitat destruction
Blow Flies Residual and contact sprays,traps Sanitation and habitat destruction
Fruit Flies Residual and contact sprays, traps Sanitation and habitat destruction
Fungus Gnats Residual and contact sprays, traps Remove contaminated soil, breeding sites
Cheese Skipper Residual and contact sprays Sanitation and habitat destruction
Phorid Flies Residual and contact sprays,drain cleaners Sanitation, habitat destruction, and moisture control
Moth/Drain Flies Residual and contact sprays,drain cleaners Sanitation, habitat destruction, and moisture control
Sparaerocierid Flies Residual and contact sprays,drain cleaners Sanitation, habitat destruction, and moisture control
Stable Flies Residual and contact sprays,traps Sanitation, habitat destruction, and moisture control
Cluster Fly Residual and contact sprays Screening and caulking around eaves, windows, etc.