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Flesh Fly Identification and Control in Utah

Correct identification is an important first step in pest control.


Flesh flies are large and gray in color with a checkerboard pattern on the abdomen. They have 3 dark stripes on top of their thorax. (The house fly has 4 stripes.)

Flesh flies are filth flies so they lay their eggs on dead animals, in or around garbage and dumpster receptacles and decaying organic material. Many flesh flies indoors may indicate that an animal has died in a wall void or somewhere within the building.

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Where do they lay their eggs
Where do they lay their eggs

Flesh flies lay eggs on dead animals, in or around garbage and dumpster receptacles and decaying organic material.

Learn more by reading our blog post: Dumpster Maintenance.


Sarcophaga spp.




Yes, they are attracted to light

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How To Prevent Flies From Entering Your Home
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  • 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.

  • Exclude fly entry via caulking, weather stripping, door sweeps, screens, etc.

How To Get Rid Of Flies Around Your Home
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  • Regularly inspect and clean dumpsters and garbage cans.

  • Keep area around dumpster and garbage can clean.

  • Use fly traps.

  • Improve sanitation in and around building by keeping dumpsters at least 50 feet away from the building and clean and free of odor.

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