Description:

Usually identified by 4 dark stripes on top of the thorax.

Damage / Signs of Presence:

Flies are directly responsible for disease transmission. They can transmit and carry foot-and-mouth disease, mastitis, pinkeye, streptococci, tuberculosis, and staphylococci.

  • Flies cause milk contamination documented milk production losses.

  • Flies cause animal stress and suffering. They are responsible for weight gain with cattle.

  • Flies cause extra labor and work keeping parlor ceilings, pipelines, etc. clean.

  • Flies can cause problems with regulatory issues.

Habitat:

Prefer decaying organic matter which is most numerous around farms with animals.

Life Cycle:

Complete Metamorphosis Egg, Larva, Pupa and Adult. The newly hatched female can begin to lay eggs within a few days, ranging from 5 to 6 batches of 75 to 100 eggs in each batch. Weather conditions play a part in the time length of their development. During the summer, it takes 7 to 10 days for developing into an adult.

Management:

Sanitation is key for reducing the population. Aerosols, fogging, baits, light traps or residual treatments may be effective.

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Musca Domestica
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