Interesting Facts About the Phorid Fly

Phorid flies can be an annoyance in your home. Here are some interesting facts about the Phorid fly that you need to be aware of.


  • Humpbacked appearance
  • Most are black or dull brown
  • Black eyes
  • Size 0.5 mm to 5.5 mm
  • Habit of running away on surface rather than flying


  • Decaying plants and animal attract
  • Unlike fruit fly, these insects are spread throughout a home rather than staying near their food source
  • Spotted when there is dead, decaying mouse, rat or another animal in or beneath the home
  • Appear when there are hygiene problems with pets

Life Cycle

  • Complete metamorphosis (Egg, Larva, Pupa and Adult)
  • Female Phorid fly can lay up to 750 eggs in her lifetime
  • 100 tiny eggs at a time
  • The eggs are usually laid in or on suitable larval food places (decaying materials, feces, or dead animals)
  • Eggs hatch within 24 hours
  • Complete life cycle from egg to adult in14 days

Prevention Tips

  • Keep garbage disposal clean
  • Flush floor drains and fixture drains frequently

If you have a problem with Phorid flies, contact Ridpest today to get a quote.

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