Latin Name:

Class Insecta
Order Diptera
Family Muscidae
Genus Musca


The larvae are translucent white in appearance and are approximately 0.8mm long. The dry wood soldier is approximately 4.8mm in size with a pale thorax and abdomen. Soldiers have darker head than the larvae. The adults can be up to 10mm long including wings. No worker caste in the colony. Colonies may contain up to 2,700 members.


They prefer corners and edges or thin objects to rest on. Indoors, they rest on floors, walls and ceilings during the day. Outdoors, they will rest on plants, the ground, fence wires, garbage cans, etc. Night resting places are usually near sources of food and 5 to 15 feet off the ground.


Consume wide variety of food, including human food, animal food and carcasses, garbage and excrement.


House fly eggs are laid in almost any warm, moist material that will supply suitable food for the larvae. The female begins laying eggs a few days after hatching, laying a total of five to six batches of 75 to 100 eggs. In warm weather, eggs hatch in 12 to 24 hours.