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Black Solider Fly Identification and Control in Utah

Correct identification is an important first step in pest control.

Hermetia Illucens
Hermetia Illucens

Soldier flies are large and dark in color. They may have two white patches just behind the wings and have a flattened appearance. Soldier fly larvae and pupae are dark brown and flattened and are about 1 inch in length.

Soldier flies lay eggs in garbage and other decaying organic material, compost piles and dumpsters. Larvae stay in the site, but will pupate outside of the food source, sometimes around poorly cleaned dumpsters.

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Are they harmful
Are they harmful

Black solider flies can often get confused for being a wasp, but they are in the fly family. They are larger in size and can make a loud buzzing noise when flying which can alarm people, but they are actually harmless. Their abdomen tapers to a point that may start to look like a stinger, but no stinger is there. Black soldier flies are actually a bit lazy when it comes to flying. They can often be found hanging out on a sunny leaf.


Hermetia illucens




Yes, they are attracted to light

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How To Prevent Flies From Entering Your Home
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Soldier flies aren’t a common fly to enter homes but making sure your home is an important preventive measure for all fly control.

  • Seal cracks around doors and windows and install properly fitted screens and weather stripping.

  • Keep doors and windows closed or open with properly fitted screens.

How To Get Rid Of Soldier Flies Around Your Home
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Soldier flies are attracted to garbage. Having proper garbage and dumpster maintenance is the most important part of soldier fly control.

  • Regularly inspect and clean dumpsters and garbage cans.

  • Keep area around dumpster and garbage can clean.

  • Use fly traps.

Learn more by reading our blog post: Dumpster Maintenance.

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