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Insect identification

  • Lesser House Fly

    Lesser House Fly


    Lesser Housefly
    Fannia canicularis

    Identification

    • Adult is 3.5 – 6mm.
    • Has 3 brown stripes on the thorax.
    • Abdomen has yellow margin.

    Characteristics
    Like to live in decaying organic debris, including carcasses, and animal manure. Found often in food service facility bathrooms.

    Control

    • Sanitation is the key.
    • Insect light traps.
    • Drying the areas of breeding.
  • Blow Fly

    Blow Fly


    Blowfly
    Calliphora spp.

    Identification

    • Adults are 10-12mm.
    • Have a dull thorax with a metallic abdomen.

    Characteristics
    Often used in deciding time of death in crime scene investigation. 1100 species worldwide.

    Control

    • Sanitation as in removal of breeding material (carcasses).
    • Removal of the dirt or area adjacent if available.
    • Insect light traps.
  • Cluster Fly

    Cluster Fly


    Cluster Fly
    Pollenia rudis

    Identification

    • Adults are 7-9mm.
    • Has distinct stripes on the thorax with golden hairs.
    • Gray pattern to the abdomen.

    Characteristics
    Parasitize earthworms. Found in large numbers in attics and voids during cold weather/winter months

    Control

    • Insect light traps are very effective.
    • Protection through sealing and treatment of openings leading to void areas can sometimes be effective.
  • Fungus Gnat

    Fungus Gnat


    Mushroom / Fungus Fly
    Sciara thomae

    Identification

    • Adults are small 3-5mm.
    • Dark in color almost black.

    Characteristics
    Pollinators. Larvae feed on fungi, frequently associated with plant roots, aid in decomposition. Typically found in overwatered houseplants.

    Control

    • Look at plants with secondary decorative pots.
    • Look for plants inside that were recently brought indoors or have had potting soil changed recently.
  • Fruit Fly

    Fruit Fly


    Fruit Fly
    Drosophila spp.

    Identification

    • Adults are 4-6mm.
    • Tan color with abdominal stripes.
    • Red eyes.
    • First set of cells on the wings are thickened.

    Characteristics
    A fly which is widely used by universities and genetic laboratories throughout the world.

    Control

    • Sanitation is the key.
    • Insect light traps.
  • Mosquito

    Mosquito


    Mosquitoes
    Culex spp.

    Identification

    • Adults vary in size 5-16mm.
    • Scaled wings and body.
    • Slender body with long legs.

    Characteristics
    Vectors of many human and animal diseases. Immature stages live in a variety of moist environments.

    Control

    • Drain water in containers and pool areas.
    • Be sure screens are in good shape.
    • Keep vegetation to manageable levels, especially next to water.
    • Use protective creams containing DEET on the outside.
  • Wasp

    Wasp


    Wasp
    Vespula spp.

    Identification

    • Adults vary in size 15-20mm.

    Characteristics
    Black head and thorax, black and yellow patterning on abdomen.

    Control
    PestWest sticky traps and electronic fly killers are particularly effective at attracting and controlling wasps.

  • House fly

    House Fly


    Common Housefly
    Musca domestica.

    Identification

    • Adults are 6-9mm
    • 4 longitudinal stripes on their thorax.
    • Underside of the abdomen is yellow.
    • Red compound eyes (males are closer together).
    • 4th Large wing vein has a sharp upward bend.

    Characteristics
    Live in moist organic debris. Capable of carrying and possibly transferring over 100 different human pathogens. The life cycle speeds up in warmer temperatures.

    Control

    • Sanitation is the key.
    • Insect light traps are very effective.
  • Phorid / Scuttle / Coffin Fly

    Scuttle / Phorid Fly


    Scuttle / Phorid Fly
    Megaselia spp.

    Identification

    • Adults are 5-6mm.
    • Dark flies humpbacked in appearance.
    • Wing veins have a dark edge in the first cells.

    Characteristics
    Have a habit of ‘running’ before they fly. 3000 species in 230 genera. Can be found in carcasses.

    Control

    • Sanitation is the key.
    • Insect light traps.
    • Look for areas with decaying organic debris left for more than a few days.
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