A Nasty Place to Be Born
Many people classify all flies the same, however there are more than 120,000 species. So the next time you simply think you have seen a common house fly, it could be one of many that exist. Flesh Flies are one species that are commonly misidentified as they look quite similar. The best way to identify the Flesh Fly is to count the number of black stripes on their abdomen. A house Fly has four stripes, whereas the Flesh Fly has three stripes. Now, it is quite rare that you would be able to ever get to examine a live one; you may be able to identify a dead Flesh Fly this way. Another distinguishing factor would be the fact that Flesh Flies primarily live outdoors where they have access to dung and decomposing plants and animals. However if you do notice a large population of these flies in your home, you may want to check and make sure that an animal has not died in your attic, wall void or crawl space. This would give the Flesh Fly and readily available food source and could cause your home to become a harbinger of these disease carriers.
Like most flies, the Flesh Fly does not have mouth parts that can bite, rather they have a sponge like mouth to feed on liquids. Flesh Flies do primarily feed on nectar, insect excrement and decomposing plants, however certain species will feed on flesh wounds of animals. This is where the Flesh Fly is quite grotesque in nature. When the new generation of overwintering Flesh Flies emerges in spring, they do so to mate and carry on the two to three generations of flies born per year. Once the female is fertilized the eggs actually hatch in the female and then are laid as maggots; as many as thirty at one time. The maggots do the dirty work. They are equipped with mouths that can eat flesh, and unlike the legless larvae of the house fly, the larvae of a Flesh Fly can move around and actually burrow into the meat they have been placed on. Some Flesh Fly species lay their eggs on plants to be eaten by caterpillars or other host insects. They also have been known to actually lay the eggs on an insect host, and then the larvae burrow into the insect to feed and grow through their developmental stages of one to three weeks.
Although Flesh Flies themselves do not transmit disease themselves, the environment that they live in with rotten plants, decaying flesh or open wounds of injured animals makes it a perfect carrier of disease. As with all insects and pests, cleanliness around the home is your best defense from any negative impact. If you notice a big population of Flesh Flies, check for dead animals or birds and have them removed. Other preventative measures you can take to protect yourself is always use screens if you keep windows or doors open, keep your trash away from the house and seal up any entry points in your home.
The Flesh Fly can be a Nashville Pest Control Issue, as with any species of fly. So make sure to call your local family here at Certified Pest Control if you are experiencing any pest issues. We are happy to properly diagnose a solution and provide free quotes to address the unwanted pests that have invaded your home.