House Fly

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Common House Fly

Common house flies (Musca domestica) need no identification. They are the most recognizable insects in the world. They have a grayish-black thorax, large red eyes and only one pair of transparent wings (most insects have two pairs).

House flies invade homes, and are not only a nuisance, but can transmit diseases, including typhoid, cholera, and dysentery. Because they have a sponging mouth type, they do not bite, but can leave diseases on items that they have landed or fed on.

Adult house flies will lay approximately 150 eggs on the larvae