- Size: variable, but some adults over 1/2 inch.
- Color: gray and black with three dark stripes along the top of the thorax (mid-section).
- Larvae are light colored, legless maggots.
Habits of Flesh Flies:
- Adults lay live maggots directly onto breeding material such as carrion, meat, compost, manure, and residue on dumpsters.
- Adults feed on sweet materials such as nectar and fruit juices.
Damage From Flesh Flies:
- Possible contamination of food and food preparation surfaces.
- Nuisance as they land on or hover near people. These flies do not bite humans.
- Large numbers of adults indoors, possibly near garbage or compost bins.
- Exposed or built-up breeding materials that are attractive to flies.
- Outdoor sources of fly breeding material such as animal waste, compost, or carrion.
How to Control and Kill Flesh Flies:
- Reduce the presence of breeding materials by frequently removing garbage and compost.
- Keep trash bins and dumpsters free of built-up residue and standing water.
- Remove animal waste from building exteriors and dispose of in insect-proof containers.
- Prevent flies from accessing breeding sites with self-closing doors, secure window screening, and tight-fitting lids on garbage bins.
- Adults can be removed with a vacuum, sticky traps, or electric light traps.