Comparing 11 Types Of House Flies

House flies generally can be found in warm, moist environments. They thrive in areas with high humidity and temperatures of over 70 degrees Fahrenheit. However, they can also be found in cooler environments that contain organic matter. Some types of flies will only inhabit areas where the general temperature is around 65 degrees Fahrenheit.

House flies are one of the most common pests found around the world. There are many different types of house flies that can be found in various environments. 

By learning how to identify the different types of house flies, homeowners can find methods in reducing their populations and eliminating breeding habitats.

Fruit fly (Drosophila melanogaster)

It is an insect belonging to the family Drosophilidae. It is found in warm climates, and its larvae develop inside overripe or decaying fruits. It also develops within a wide range of foodstuffs. Adults grow to an average body length from 1/4 inch to 3/8 inches.

Fruit flies are pale yellow, brownish-red, or dark blackish-brown in color with red eyes. They have two pairs of wings and a pair of needle-like antennae, which means their eyesight is poor but they are very sensitive to smell.

Black fly (Simuliidae)

They are a family of flies that occur worldwide. This fly lives in aquatic environments and it is often seen around lakes, ponds, streams, and other types of standing water. Black flies are known carriers of many diseases and infections; they can be a threat to humans as well as livestock.

Black Fly's are found all over the world – in hot and temperate climates. Their habitat includes ponds, streams, lakes and even salt marsh areas along the coast. Black flies occur in great abundance during some seasons of the year but usually die out entirely at other times.

In the spring, black flies are abundant wherever there is standing water. Sometimes they occur in large numbers around a single pond and then disappear entirely when dry weather sets in.

Black fly larvae live most of their life cycle near the bottom of ponds and lakes where they feed on organic matter in the water or small animals living just below the surface. The

House Fly (Musca domestica)

It is a dipteran belonging to the family Muscidae. House flies are distributed worldwide and they will be found in most environments that contains organic matter. They are found all over North America, Europe, Africa and Asia.

The house fly is usually small enough to enter areas where larger pests cannot reach. It can breed around food or animal waste inside of a home or commercial building; this is why it is so important to properly eliminate its breeding habitats.

Adult house flies may enter homes through windows, doors and other openings where they can feed on food scraps, garbage and pet feces left in the home. They also reproduce very quickly; one female adult fly can lay between 500 to 1,000 eggs inside of a one-week period.

The House fly (Musca domestica) has many different nicknames, such as Window fly or Kitchen fly; depending on where it lives within a building structure. The adult house fly measures about 10-12 millimeters in length. It has a yellowish-gray thorax and two black stripes that are located on the upper part of its abdomen. The house fly also has four clear wings with brown veins that are mottled with gray or black patterns; it also has bright red eyes.

Robber Fly (Asilidae)

The robber fly is a fierce predatory insect that feeds on smaller insects and other invertebrates. The body of a robber fly is large in size, and it has long legs. Robber flies are mostly found in tropical habitats; however, they can also be seen around the United States during late summer months.

Robber flies are recognized by their elongated head and legs. The female robber fly has a very short ovipositor, or egg-laying tube. This tube is used to lay eggs inside of host insects that are still alive.

The larvae will feed on the abdomen of the host until it dies; once the insect has died, the pupa stage takes place. The adult robber fly emerges from the pupal stage inside of the host insect's dead body.

The Robber Fly (Asilidae) is a type of large fly that likes to feed on smaller insects and other invertebrates. Robber flies are mostly found in tropical habitats; however, they can also be seen around the United States during late summer months. Robber flies are recognized by their elongated head and legs. The female robber fly has a very short ovipositor, or egg-laying tube. This tube is used to lay eggs inside of host insects that are still alive.

Dancing Fly (Empididae)

Dancing fly's average body length ranges from 1/2 to 5/16 of an inch. It is a large family in the order Diptera, with 3,000 species described. They are found all over the world in tropical and temperate regions; they also can be found within forests and woodlands as well as urban areas.

Dancing flies are harmless to humans and their existence can actually be beneficial; they feed on other small insects like mosquitoes and gnats that many people consider to be pests.

The female dancing fly usually lays her eggs in the soil, hidden around grasses or plants. The larvae will feed on snails or worms while they develop into adults.

Sand Fly (Phlebotominae)

The sand fly is a type of blood sucking insect that is part of the family Psychodidae. The female sand flies are larger than the males; they usually have wings, while many species in this family do not have wings. Sand flies can be found all over the world, mainly in tropical and warm humid regions around Africa, Asia and South America.

Sand fly bites are known to spread rare and serious diseases such as leishmaniasis; this disease is carried by the female sand fly when she feeds on a human host. The flies can also carry other parasitic worms that result in other diseases, such as yellow fever or encephalitis.

Dung Fly (Scathophaga)

The dung fly is a species of fly that lives on feces and other organic matter such as manure or mud. This type of insect gets its name from the fact that it often feeds on animal feces, although they will also feed off of decaying weeds, fruits, and plant matter. Dung flies are found all over the world in warm regions as well as temperate and tropical zones.

The dung fly is a common type of insect that can be found near livestock such as horses; they are also present near dead animals, garbage piles, and even human feces. The female dung fly often appears black in color compared to the male species who tends to appear brown or gray. Both genders of the dung fly are extremely small, with an average body length that ranges from 2 mm to 8 mm.

Dobson Fly (Calliphoridae)

Dobson's flies are large and hairy insects that can grow up to 1 inch in size. It is a very common type of insect around the world, with over 2,000 different species in existence. They are found all over the globe, with a large population in tropical and sub-tropical regions. Many of these flies tend to feed on decomposing organic matter such as carrion and manure piles.

Dobson flies can be easily identified by their very hairy bodies which contain bristly hairs. The females tend to be larger than the males; however, both genders have similar coloring and features that make them easily distinguishable from other types of flies found in North America.

Dobson flies lay their eggs inside of decaying matter, such as rotting fruit or animal manure piles. When the larvae hatches it will feed off of the dead organic matter for a period of three weeks, going through its complete metamorphosis during this time.

Cluster Fly (Pollenia)

Cluster flies are a very large species of fly that are also known as social wasps because they live in colonies. They can grow to be up to 1 inch in length and have a very slim, cylindrical body shape; their wings are almost invisible due to the fact that they fold over each other to make a covering on their back.

Cluster flies are easily identified by their bright yellow or orange color along with the black and white stripes found near the head and abdomen of this insect species.

Cluster flies live in temperate regions all over the world, particularly within wooded areas. The female cluster fly will build a nest that is made out of paper, and the larvae are often visible in this paper nest. It is also common to find these insects within forests; they will build their nests in trees or even under leaves, although other species of these flies can be found on the ground as well.

Blow Fly (Calliphoridae)

The blow fly is a species of fly that feeds on the corpses of animals. They can often be found around dead rodents or even dead reptiles, as well as the carcasses of larger mammals such as deer and cattle. In some cases blow flies will also lay their eggs within living tissue; this is known as myiasis.

Blow flies are common insects that can be found all over the United States as well as in other areas of the world; they typically live near regions with a high density of dead animals or rotting carcasses where they feed on this decaying matter. The maggots, which are larval flies, will often attack living tissue if they can find it. Blow flies are identified by the fact that their heads have a metallic blue-green color, while their bodies are black with yellow stripes.

Drain Fly (Psychodidae)

Drain flies are a type of fly that can be commonly found in the drains and tubs of your home. They often enter these pipes after hatching from their eggs within your trash; they live off of any organic material they find there. Drain flies are typically very small insects, with an average body length between 1 mm and 5 mm.

Drain fly larvae are very small pests that can be found within your kitchen pipes, where they tend to live off of any leftover food or other scraps that may have ended up in the garbage disposal. They will also eat any dust or dead insects that they can find in these drains; however, adult drain flies do not feed at all.

Adult drain flies usually only live for about a month, when they die off and the cycle begins again with their larvae. Drain fly infestations are quite common in some areas of the world, specifically California.


How to get rid of flies?

To get rid of houseflies, it is a good idea to seal your windows and doors to prevent outside insects from entering. You should also make sure that you keep all garbage or food covered up when not in use.

If flies have already gotten into your home, you can trap them by placing small dishes of soapy water along with a piece of rotting fruit; the flies will then come to eat and perish in the soapy water.

Fly traps are also an option for getting rid of houseflies. You can create your own homemade fly trap by filling up a glass with some apple cider vinegar mixed with dish soap, as well as some pieces of rotting fruit; flies will be attracted to the smell and then trapped in this liquid.

Lastly, you can also use a rubber band or some tape to seal up any cracks or holes that are allowing these insects into your home; sealing them off will prevent new houseflies from entering as well as keep those that are already inside from getting out.

Where do flies come from?

Houseflies are a nonnative species of fly that has found its way all throughout North America as well as other parts of the world. These flies originally came from Europe and Asia, where they were just normal insects before being discovered in the United States. 

They are now considered to be one of the largest and most invasive insect species in North America, due to their ability to spread quickly as well as their high reproductive rate.

How do you kill blow flies?

You can trap these types of fly by placing some old pieces of fruit with a mixture of soapy water that they will eat; the flies will then sink to the bottom of these dishes and die. Alternatively, you can also seal up any cracks or holes where they may come from so that blowflies cannot get inside your home.

Lastly, you can also use traps that are specifically designed to get rid of blow flies. These flytraps work by attracting these insects with a light color and smell; once the flies enter this area, they will become trapped within it and die off quickly.

How do I know if my home has bugs?

You can tell if your home has bugs if you notice flies or any other insects coming out of outlets, the top of your doors, or on walls. If these pests are appearing in large amounts at one time, then this is a clear sign that there is a problem with some type of bug infestation.


House flies are a common pest that can come into your home through various small cracks or holes as well. You should make sure to properly seal up these entrances so that more house flies cannot get inside, and clean up any food or scraps around your home; this will help to prevent future infestations.

Houseflies prefer to live in warm places with a lot of moisture. If you see flies around your home, it is important to act as soon as possible; the longer that they are allowed to stay in one area, the easier it will be for them to reproduce and spread throughout your house at an alarming rate. You can get rid of flies by sealing up your home and using insecticides or traps to eliminate them from their habitat.

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