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Blue Bottle Fly Facts & Information

Protect your home or business from blue bottle flies by learning techniques for identification and control.

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Calliphora vomitoria
Metallic blue body
Black legs & antennae
Large red eyes & clear wings


How do I get rid of blue bottle flies?

What You Can Do

Dealing with blue bottle flies in the house begins with locating the source of infestation. Removing outdoor sources of blue bottle fly infestations is also an effective preventive measure, in addition to:

  • Cleaning compost bins and checking mouse traps to remove potential breeding sites.

  • Keeping doors closed and properly screened in the summer months will help prevent access to living spaces.

What Orkin Does

Your local Orkin Pro is trained to help manage blue bottle flies and similar pests. Since every building or home is different, your Orkin Pro will design a unique fly treatment program for your situation.

Orkin can provide the right solution to keep blue bottle flies in their place…out of your home, or business.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Behavior, Diet & Habits

Understanding Blue Bottle Flies


  • Size: Blue bottle flies are about the same size as house flies.

  • Body: Their distinctive blue body also features black legs and antennae.

  • Color: The pests are metallic blue in color with tan or white larvae that resemble grubs.

  • Eyes: Adults have large red eyes and clear wings.


This fly species consumes rotting organic matter, including animal carcasses or garbage.


Blue bottle flies in homes appear around areas with food waste. The insects also make a buzzing sound, and many residents find them near light sources.

Life Cycle

Blue bottle flies deposit their eggs in decomposing tissue. After larvae hatch, they feed on the surrounding meat. When ready to pupate, the pests head to drier environments.

The blue bottle fly life cycle from egg to adult fly can take as little as seven days, but generally requires about 2 weeks.

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