House Fly

House Fly

Musca domestica

Appearance

Image of a House Fly (Musca Domestica) | Rentokil Pest Control NZ
  • Adult — 5–8mm in length; thorax grey with 4 narrow stripes; abdomen buff or yellow; 4th wing vein bent and wing tips slightly pointed.
  • Larva — White and tapers to a point at the head end. 2 spiracle “spots” at the hind end. Legless. 12 mm long when mature.

Lifecycle

  • Eggs laid in batches of 120 to 150 and can hatch in 8 hrs or up to 3 days.
  • Larvae take 3 – 60 days to mature; pupae 3 – 28 days.

Habits

  • Found in almost all types of premises.
  • Breeds in moist decaying vegetable matter.