Distribution and Importance
The house fly is a well-known pest of both farm and home. This species is always found in association with humans or activities of humans. Not only are they a nuisance, but they also can transport disease-causing organisms. Excessive fly populations are obnoxious and a public health problem is possible.
Lifestyle and special aspects:
The common house fly grows to approx. 6 – 9 mm in size; it smells excreted ferments with the feet and has a pronounced sense of smell. It also has so-called “adhesive pads” under the claws so that it can land upside down on the ceiling, for example. The common house fly lives on waste products, giving preference in particular to sugary products. Egg: The white eggs, about 1.2 mm in length, are laid singly but pile up in small masses. Each female fly can lay up to 500 eggs in several batches of about 75 to 150 eggs, each over a three to four day period. The number of eggs produced is a function of female size, which is principally a result of larval nutrition.