Get to Know Australia’s Fly Species

Fly Species

Flies are among the most ubiquitous and recognisable bugs in Australia, with an estimated 30,000 species populating the country. Classified under the order Diptera, flies are insects with two functioning wings. Most flies consume food with their unique sponge-like mouthparts, spitting out digestive juices onto the food surface as they do so.

While a few fly species actually serve beneficial purposes to the environment, humans will always view them as a nuisance. To the untrained eye, all flies look the same. The instinct is to avoid or kill them as they carry so many diseases. Dengue and typhoid fever, cholera, tuberculosis and leprosy, to name a few, are some of the diseases they transmit.

Get to Know Australia’s Fly Species

Get to Know Australia’s Fly Species

House Flies
House flies (Musca domestica) can grow from 5 to 8 mm and have a grey thorax and abdomen. Adults are known to carry a broad range of pathogenic bacteria that can affect both humans and their pets. Highly common in domestic areas, flies eat everything from fruits and vegetables to feces and decaying matter. A common way to keep these our is by installing fly screens on doors and windows.

Lesser House Flies
Also known as little house flies, lesser house flies (Fannia canicularis) is also very common and can be distinguished by its erratic flight. Measuring between 3 to 6 mm long in adulthood, these flies have a grey thorax and abdomen. However, they have distinctive stripes on the thorax. Adults are found in domestic areas and animal houses. Larvae feed on organic matter.

Stable Flies
A rare sight in homes, stable flies (Stomoxys calcitrans) are frequent visitors in animal facilities. About 5 to 7 mm in size, they have very distinctive piercing and sucking mouthparts. The larvae feed on almost all organic material while adults feed on animal blood.

Blow Flies
Blow flies are known by many other names—bluebottles, greenbottles, carrion flies and cluster flies. Adults are strongly attracted to moisture and eat mainly nectar, honey and other sweet liquids. Although they can be seen in massive numbers, they do not bring damage to properties and people.

In Sydney, some pest managers are unable to treat certain species such as vinegar flies, horse flies and fruit flies. Luckily, Masters Pest Control Sydney is an exceedingly proficient fly killer. Call us now to request a quote on our fly removal services.

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