Fly Inspection Guide

Learn Where Flies Come From & Live

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Flies Can Be Found Anywhere With Decaying Matter

House flies can be found both indoors and outdoors during the warm months of year. House flies are considered a type of filth fly because they are generally attracted to areas where decaying organic matter, dead animals or animal feces are present. House flies can fly in from any near by area that is conducive for them to develop such as a farm, road kill, trash bins, compost piles or other areas where decaying organic matter exists. Adult house flies are attracted the decaying matter and will fly in to lay their eggs. The eggs will develop into maggots usually within 1-3 days. The maggots will develop into pupa within 3 days and the pupa will then develop into the adult house fly.

Step 1

Where Flies Live & Rest

Where To Check For Flies
You should look for adult house flies and immature house flies (maggots) in both indoor and outdoor areas. Indoors, you should search for house flies in the following areas:
  • Around windows
  • Around doors
  • On ceilings
  • On walls
  • In or around trash bins
  • On floors around floor drains
  • Around light sources such as lamps or ceiling fixtures
  • In or around pet food
Outdoors you inspect for house flies in the following areas:
  • In and around trash bins or dumpsters
  • Pet food dishes
  • On bushes or other plants
  • On fences
  • Side of home or structure
  • Near or on compost piles
  • On or near areas where animal feces are gathered

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