Winchester Pest Control
Winchester Pest Control

Winchester Pest Control

 Integrated Pest Management

 Telephone - 781-729-1893

Phorid / Humpbacked / Scuttle Fly
 There are over 200 different species of these type of flies currently recognized in the U.S. & Canada. Phorid flies are mostly a nuisance pest but there are cases of larval infestation in wounds, intestines & eyes of humans. Humpbacked flies get their common name from their humpbacked shape and scuttle flies for their erratic manner.

 Adults are 1/64" to 1/4" long; they have yellowish colors with brown and/or black. Females lay their eggs (up to 100 at a time) in, on or very close to a larval food source. As the larvae mature, it will crawl to a drier area to pupate. The developmental time from egg to adult at about 70 degrees can vary from 21 to 28 days.

 These adult flies can be found on larval food materials which consist of decaying organic matter. Several species breed in human corpses and are commonly referred to as coffin flies when they become problems in morgues, mortuaries & mausoleums. In structures, breeding materials can include fresh cut flowers in vases, over watered potted plants, moist & dirty trash barrels, under kitchen equipment, wet & dirty mop heads, the film lining drain pipes, and broken sewage pipes.