House Fly

House Fly (Musca domestica) is one of the most commonly found insects. It is between 4 and 7.5mm in length, the female is larger than the male. The thorax of this insect has four narrow black stripes. The larvae and adults feed on fermenting and fresh animal manure, fermenting vegetable material and dog faeces. House flies can live and breed all year round and has four stages to its life cycle; egg, larvae, pupa and adult.

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House flies can spread a variety of diseases, as they will feed on faeces, vomit and decaying food, transferring bacteria onto food and food preparation surfaces when they land. Flies may also find their way into liquid food, falling in and causing physical contamination.




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