Insect identification

Lesser Housefly

Fannia canicularis

Features
Grey thorax with three indistinct longitudal stripes. Abdomen has extensive area of yellow at base.

Control
PestWest sticky traps and fly killers are effective at controlling the lesser housefly.

Blowfly

Calliphora spp.

Features
Thorax and abdomen black/blue in colour and often with a metallic appearance. Wingspan 18-20mm.

Control
All PestWest fly killers are a very effective step in controlling these pests.

Cluster Fly

Pollenia rudis

Features
Large flies, wingspan up to 20mm. Thorax distinctive dark grey/olive colour covered in golden hairs.

Control
Areas where flies congregate should be treated with residual insecticide. PestWest fly killers are a very effective step in controlling cluster flies.

Mushroom / Fungus Fly

Sciara thomae

Features
Small insects, wingspan 14-15mm. Black head, thorax and abdomen. Thorax has humped appearance.

Control
Chameleon® sticky traps are a very effective step in controlling mushroom flies.

Fruit Fly

Drosophila spp.

Features
Small yellowish brown with darkly striped abdomen. Prominent red eyes.

Control
Chameleon® sticky traps are extremely effective at controlling these smaller insects.

Mosquitoes

Culex spp.

Features
Slender, long-legged insect with forwardpointing, piercing and sucking mouthparts. Wingspan 7-15mm.

Control
PestWest units can be effective at
catching mosquitoes.

Wasp

Vespula spp.

Features
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.

Scuttle / Phorid Fly

Megaselia spp.

Features
Thorax dark brown/tan with distinctive humped appearance.

Control
Chameleon® sticky traps and electronic fly killers are extremely effective at attracting and controlling these pests.

Biting Midge

Culicoides spp.

Features
Dark brown/black in colour. Wingspan 3-4mm. Will swarm in large numbers and inflict bites.

Control
Insect repellents should be used when outdoors to prevent bites. Chameleon® sticky traps will attract and control midges.

Common Housefly

Musca domestica.

Features
Thorax grey with four longitudinal dark stripes. Sides of abdomen are yellowish and may be transparent. A dark band covers the final abdomen segments.

Control
PestWest fly killers and sticky traps will effectively control houseflies.

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