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Life Cycle of House Flies

What is the life cycle of a house fly?

  • Egg: The life cycle of a house fly begins in the egg stage.

  • Maggot: Fly eggs turn into larvae, also known as maggots.

  • Fly pupae: Maggots will then pupate, which is similar to a butterfly cocoon.

  • Full grown house fly: Pupae will then become a fully grown house fly.

Do flies lay eggs?

A female house fly is capable of laying up to 150 eggs in a batch. Over a period of a few days, she will produce five or six batches of eggs.

How do flies reproduce?

Within two to three days after being born from a pupae, female house flies are capable of reproduction. Flies use a process called oviposition for reproduction.

Where do flies lay eggs?

Female house flies favor damp, dark surfaces such as compost, manure and other decomposing organic material for egg laying.

What do fly eggs look like?

House fly eggs resemble individual grains of rice.

What is a fly pupae?

Fly pupae are similar in function to butterfly cocoons: their hard, brown shells protect the inactive, developing flies. Over the course of three to six days, the pupae develop legs and wings, ultimately emerging as full-grown house flies.

Where do maggots come from?

House fly eggs hatch into larvae, also known as maggots.

What are maggots?

Maggots are legless, white insects that feed from the egg-laying site for three to five days. During this time, maggots molt several times. They then choose a dark place to pupate.

Do maggots turn into flies?

Yes, maggots can turn into flies.

Get Rid Of House Flies And Maggots

Contact your local Orkin Pro if you have house flies or maggots in or near your home. They will conduct an inspection to determine what may be the cause of these pests and provide the proper treatment methods to help remove them.

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