The housefly is without doubt the most common, domestic flies around. They are the most distributed insect as they can be found world wide. Out of all flies that inhabit human habitats, the housefly makes up 91% of them.
A female fly can lay a batch of between 75 to 151 eggs at any one time, while laying a maximum of around 500 eggs in her lifetime. Fly eggs are a white colour measuring at about 1.2 mm in length. Within a day of the eggs having been laid, the eggs will Hatch into larvae or otherwise known as maggots. The now pale White maggots measure between 3 to 9 mm in length, have no legs and are thinner at the end where the mouth is. The maggots will then thrive and feed on the likes of dead, decaying organic material, garbage and feces. The maggots will grow through three instars' over the period of at least one week. Once they have reached their third instar the maggots will find a dry and cool place to transform into a pupa. As a pupa, they are a reddish or Brown colour measuring around 8 mm in length. Once the pupae have matured, and adult fly will emerge from the pupae. Once the fly has emerged it stops growing and what you may think is a young fly is merely a small fly that did not get lots of nourishment while it was a maggot. As adult flies in the wild they will live between two weeks and month while in captivity such as in a laboratory they can live longer.
A female fly will become receptive to mating in only 36 hours after emerging from its pupa stage. Once a male is found mating occurs with the male mounting her from behind and injecting her with his sperm. Copulation will take very little time, a few seconds to possibly a couple of minutes. The female fly will normally store the sperm and mate only once using the sperm several times for several sets of eggs.
Temperature plays a large factor in the whole process as the warmer the conditions, the faster the development process will be.
These are contracted through the flies eating habits as they will visit the likes of sewage, garbage, rotting material including carcasses, excrement, etc. People are at risk with anything that comes into contact with flies and ourselves, especially food.
Facts and interesting information about the Housefly. Things you should know about the Housefly and the problems they may cause. How to prevent houseflies from being a problem to you and your family. Hints and tips on how to prevent houseflies from being a problem. Pest control and prevention is very important with flying insects as it is easy for them to get to you, make sure you take the correct actions to keep your self and loved ones safe.