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Phorid Flies: Identifying and controlling them

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The moment you find your house overrun with tiny, nearly microscopic flies that are typically smaller than houseflies, there are only three culprits – drain flies, phorid flies, or fruit flies. Distinguishing these three types of flies can be a challenging task.

Common features of phorid flies

According to Rove Pest Control, here are the most common features of phorid flies.

  • The back of phorid flies has a humped shape
  • They tend to fly or crawl in an erratic pattern instead of a straight line
  • They are often seen crawling along different surfaces instead of flying. Most flies take flight when escaping but phorid flies will attempt to run away.
  • They can appear around dead pests such as rodents

At a casual glance, it is easy to confuse phorid flies with drain flies and fruit flies. Therefore, close examination is necessary to determine the exact type of flies. Looking closely, you will realized the phorid flies don’t have the red eyes found in fruit flies. They not attracted to vinegar unlike most fruit flies.

Phorid flies don’t have the fuzzy, moth-like bodies associated with drain flies. Besides, drain flies prefer damp, and less lit areas such as under the sink and floor drains. These are not favorable for phorid flies. Given these outstanding characteristic of phorid flies, it is easy to identify these flies.

Sources of phorid flies

These flies are often associated with decaying rats, mice or any other dead animal within your home. They can also appear if your pets are dirty. Note that an underground fault in a sewer line which might not even be visible can bring phorid flies. That means hygiene is critical when it comes to exterminating and controlling phorid flies infestation in any property.

Generally, phorid flies prefer dead animals to all other types of organic material. Wherever there are phorid flies, there is a good chance that there is a dead animal. This is because these flies are majorly attracted to copses and are followed by scavenger bugs such as mites, carpet beetles, and other flies. If you suspect that your home is invaded by phorid flies, start looking for a dead rodent before it starts emitting an unpleasant smell.

Exterminating and preventing phorid flies

According to experts, one of the top solutions for such an infestation is to locate the animal corpse or even the decaying material and eliminate it. This is the material that the flies are using to feed and eliminating it means that the phorid flies will no longer have access to one thing need to survive – food.

Also, when fighting a rat infestation, you should avoid the use of poisons as the strategy causes mice and rats to die below floors and inside walls. When these dead rat bodies begin to decompose, they become the biggest attraction of phorid flies.