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Fly Eggs & Larvae

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Do House Flies Lay Eggs?

The common housefly is probably the most prevalent of all the common household pests. They exist wherever humans happen to live and can pose a threat to humans due to the fact that they carry pathogens and spread disease. 

Adult houseflies are typically around 6 to 7 millimeters in length and have a wingspan around twice that in length at around 13 to 15 millimeters long. Houseflies don’t enter the world looking like smaller versions of their adult form. It takes several different transformations before a housefly changes into its adult form. Read on to find out all about the life cycle of a fly.

What Do Fly Eggs Look Like?

A female housefly can lay up to 500 eggs in her very short lifetime which lasts only about 1 month. A female housefly typically only mates once and stores the sperm for later use. After mating, she will then lay batches of eggs in about 100 egg batches at a time, and will repeat this process about 5 to 6 times in her life. Fly eggs are white and around a little over an inch long, closely resembling grains of rice.  

Fly Larvae and Maggots

In about 1 day, these eggs hatch and out come fly larvae, which are typically referred to as maggots. Maggots will live and feed where they hatch, which is why the female fly lays her eggs on rotting organic materials that will provide a good meal like food waste, dead animal flesh or even feces. Fly maggots are light white in color and are about 3 to 9 millimeters in length. Fly larvae are thinner at the end where their mouthparts are located and have no legs.  

While more difficult to see than adult flies, if you have noticed maggots anywhere in your home, it’s best to call a pest management professional to handle your burgeoning fly situation. Flies have very short developmental cycles and can reach sexual maturity in about a week in optimal conditions like a climate controlled home. This means that you can have a full-blown fly problem in a very short amount of time. If you have spotted fly eggs or larvae in your home, reach out to a pest care professional today.  

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