Common house fly

Adults, 6 mm long with a wingspan of 13-15mm and the 4th vein on the wing bends sharply forward. The thorax has 4 distinct stripes.

The eggs are laid in decaying material, particularly rubbish dumps and manure heaps. Under ideal conditions it can take as little as 2 weeks to complete its life cycle.

Removal and exclusion of breeding sites, such as refuse areas, is essential. Space sprays with a knockdown action are a good method of control and again proofing of doors and windows. Unlike the Lesser House Fly, electric fly killers can be effective at killing these flies when they enter premises.

House Fly