General Info
  • Also known as House Fly, Blow Fly, Green Bottle Fly, Blue Bottle Fly, Flesh Fly
  • Filth breeding flies are scavengers attracted to moist organic matter to both lay their eggs and take a meal
Where They Breed
  • Fly larvae or “maggots” breed in many different outdoor areas, from composting plant material to manure, garbage, and decaying animal carcasses
What They Want From You
  • These flies are attracted to food odors and the offer of a free meal
Why They’re A Problem
  • As they feed, these flies can pick up germs and filth on their bodies and then redeposit them wherever they land
  • Indoors, they are a nuisance as they hover around food, particularly in the kitchen and living room
Tips & Tricks
  • Tightly cover garbage cans and waste receptacles and seal garbage bags
  • Take out indoor garbage regularly
  • Do not leave doors and windows open to keep flies from entering
  • Inspect screens for holes and loose edges that may allow flies to enter
  • Store food in sealed containers and keep fruit refrigerated
  • Remove all moist organic matter where flies are breeding, particularly in areas close to the outside of the home


Filth-Fly size bar

1/4 to 5/8 inch long


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