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Housefly Life Cycle and Control

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The common housefly, Musca domestica, lives in close association with people all over the world. The insects feed on human foodstuffs and wastes where they can pick up and transport various disease agents.

In addition to the housefly, a number of other fly species have adapted to life in human settlements, where they present similar problems. In warmer climates, the filth fly, M. sorbens is of particular interest in this regard. It is closely related to the housefly and considered important in the spread of eye infections. Blowflies (Calliphoridae) and other flies have been associated with the transmission of enteric infections.

This course provides professionals with prevention solutions, management techniques, house fly ecology and life cycle information that can be used to make better management decisions.

This course is approved by the California Department of Pesticide regulation (DPR) for Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for license renewal for QAL, QAC and PCA licenses. Upon successful completion of this course, the participants will be able to:

  • Understand the life cycle of the house fly and how treatments may vary based upon which stage the fly is in.
  • Know the importance of fly control based on the understanding of the damage and medical importance of flies.
  • Know how to treat and prevent house flies via multiple approaches (i.e., IPM, prevention, chemical).