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Common Fly Species in the UK

Bluebottle Fly

The bluebottle fly or blow fly as it is known as, is a type of fly that is normally found close to bins and waste. They are most commonly found on animal waste – this is the reason why they are dangerous as they carry a lot of different diseases. Blue bottles lay their eggs in decomposing tissue. Once the larvae have hatched, they will feed on the surrounding matter around them. Once they are ready to pupate, they will head into drier environments.

Cluster Fly

Cluster flies are found in areas in houses such as loft and attic spaces in Autumn and Winter time. They especially like warm areas around windows. As they warm up, they buzz around lazily, and they are quite the nuisance. The female will lay her eggs in soil that contains earthworms. The fly larvae will then hatch and enter the earthworms and feed on it. After this, the fly will pupate and head into properties to hibernate.

House Fly

I’m sure every household has experienced this type of fly at least once, as they can live in just about any building. They feed on human food, pet food and waste, meaning they carry many nasty diseases. House fly eggs are laid and hatched within 24 hours. The larvae is mostly found on animal corpses and will stay there for about 5 days until they find a dark, dry place to pupate.

Fruit Fly

Fruit flies are an all year-round pest throughout the home and are found around fruits and vegetable that are rotting, which is where their name comes from. These flies are also fond of beer and wine! They are small, approximately 3mm and live for 40-50 days.