Fly Facts & Information

Protect your home or business from flies by learning techniques for identification and control.

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Family Diptera


Types of Flies

What do flies look like?

There are more than 16,000 species of flies in North America. But they all belong to the order Diptera, meaning two wings. Because they only have two wings, flies land often and therefore can deposit thousands of bacteria each time they land.

Facts About Black Flies | Fly Habits and Behaviors

Black Fly

What Do Blow Flies Look Like? | Identify Flies

Blow Fly

Family Calliphoridae

Facts About Bottle Flies | Fly Habits and Behaviors

Bottle Fly

Family Calliphoridae

How to Identify Cluster Flies | Fly Facts & Information

Cluster Fly


Crane Fly Facts | Mosquito Hawk vs. Crane Flies

Crane Fly

What do Deer Flies Look Like? | Remove Deer Flies

Deer Fly

Chrysops spp.

How to Identify Drain Flies | What Causes Drain Flies

Drain Fly


How to Control Face Flies | Remove Face Flies

Face Fly

Musca autumnalis

Flesh Fly Facts | Identify Flesh Fly Infestations

Flesh Fly

Family Sarcophagidae

Fruit Flies

Fruit Fly

Family Drosophilidae

Garbage Flies

Garbage Fly

Musca domestica

Horn Flies

Horn Fly

Haematobia irritans

Horse Flies

Horse Fly

Tabanus spp.

House Flies

House Fly

Musca domestica

Phorid Humpbacked Flies

Phorid Humpbacked Fly

Family Phoridae

Sand Flies

Sand Fly

Family Psychodidae; Subfamily Phlebotominae

Scorpion Flies

Scorpion Fly

Order Mecoptera

Sewer Flies

Sewer Fly

Sphaerocerid Flies

Sphaerocerid Fly

Family Sphaeroceridae

Yellow Flies

Yellow Fly

Diachlorus ferrugatus



Order Diptera

Soybean Cyst Nematodes

Soybean Cyst Nematode

Heterodera glycines

Glassy-Winged Sharpshooters

Glassy-Winged Sharpshooter

Homalodisca vitripennis

Russian Wheat Aphids

Russian Wheat Aphid

Diuraphis noxia


How do I get rid of flies?

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Frequently Asked Qusetions

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Fly Facts

Understanding Fly Problems

The more you know about flies, the better you can predict and control their behavior. Here are some quick facts to help you on your way.

Life Expectancy

Depending on the species, the life expectancy of a fly is eight days to two months or, in some cases, up to a year.

Reproduction Potential

One pair of flies can produce more than 1 million offspring through their offsprings' offspring in a matter of weeks.


Biting flies feed on blood, attacking humans and other animals as food sources. Some care capable of transferring disease through these feeding habits.


Some of the largest flies in the world, horse flies, are common throughout North America and produce extremely painful bites.

Flies and Pets

While filth flies, such as the common house fly, are attracted only to offal and manure, biting flies will actively irritate pets. Large populations can seriously impact your pet's health.

Feeding and Breeding Sites

Identification of feeding and breeding sites can help to discern types of infestation. The sites should be eliminated as soon as they have been found.

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