Phorid flies can be as tiny as .5 mm or as large as 5.5 mm. They are black, brown or tan in colour. They have the nickname humpbacked fly because of the arch of their thorax. Phorid flies are weak fliers and will often choose to walk rapidly rather than fly.
In homes and other buildings, these flies can be found breeding wherever moisture exists – around plumbing and drains in bathroom and kitchen areas, garbage containers and disposals, crawl space areas and basements. A common food source for these pests is the mixture of moist organic matter that can accumulate in drains and plumbing.
These humpbacked flies have the ability to transmit diseases. Since the phorid fly prefers decaying matter as a source of food and place for reproduction, the risk of disease transmission is very high.
The phorid fly typically breeds in sewage, garbage, drains, human cadavers, rotting fruits and vegetables, garbage as well as damp organic materials. Females will lay about 20 eggs at a time and approximately 500 over the course of a lifetime. The life cycle from egg to adult can be completed in as little as two weeks to just over a month.
Proper phorid fly control is the key to avoiding phorid fly infestation. Keep sinks and drains clean and thoroughly inspect all plumbing. Keep the lids on garbage cans shut. Store fruits and vegetables in the refrigerator or sealed containers.
To properly deal with a phorid fly infestation, contact Environmental Pest Control. A licensed technician will assess your pest problem and get rid of these humpbacked flies.
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