- Colour Black, brown, or tan
- Size From 0.5 mm to 5.5 mm long
- Also known as Scuttle flies, Coffin flies, Sewer flies
- Description Have a pronounced hump to the thorax
- Notes Weak fliers, often seen walking rapidly across surfaces for long distances
Why do I have phorid humpbacked flies?
Phorid humpbacked flies, also called scuttle flies, coffin flies, and sewer flies, lay eggs on decaying organic matter, fungi, and even corpses. This includes animal faeces or carcasses, sewage, rotting food and plants, and the layers of film that build up on the sides of drains.
However, some species of phorid humpbacked flies lay their eggs in the nests of ants, bees, termites, and wasps, as well as on the bodies of live beetles, caterpillars, and millipedes. When the larvae hatch, they feed on the occupants of the nest or their host animal.
The presence of phorid humpbacked flies in and around the home is usually linked to clogged or damaged drain or sewer pipes, dirty garbage containers, or overwatered potted plant soils, where decaying organic matter has accumulated.
How worried should I be about phorid humpbacked flies?
Since phorid humpbacked flies feed and breed on decaying matter, there is a high risk of these pests transmitting diseases to humans.
Phorid humpbacked flies also breed rapidly. They are short lived, but a single female can lay up to 700 eggs in her lifetime, enabling exponential population growth. To truly eradicate an infestation you need an integrated pest control plan from a professional pest control service.
How can I prevent phorid humpbacked flies invading?
Have the plumbing professionally inspected, Clean all drains and sink areas, Replace broken windows and screens, Create an air current to stop flies from landing, Close the lids on all garbage and waste containers, Practice good sanitation
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