house fly – Musca domestica Linnaeus

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common name: house fly

scientific name: Musca domestica Linnaeus (Insecta: Diptera: Muscidae)

Introduction – Distribution – Description and Life Cycle – Damage and Medical Importance – Economic Threshold – Management – Selected References

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The house fly, Musca domestica Linnaeus, is a well-known cosmopolitan pest of both farm and home. This species is always found in association with humans or the activities of humans. It is the most common species found on hog and poultry farms, horse stables and ranches. Not only are house flies a nuisance, but they can also transport disease-causing organisms. Excessive fly populations are not only an irritant to farm workers but, when there are nearby human habitations, a public health problem could occur.

Figure 1. Adult house fly, Musca domestica Linnaeus. Photograph by Jim Kalisch, University of Nebraska-Lincoln.


This common fly originated on the steppes of central

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