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  • 1 £88 Moths
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  • 1 £55 Ants
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  • 3 £88 Fleas
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Flies

House flyCommon House Fly - (Musca domestica)

Adult, grey black in colour, 6mm long.

Life Cycle

Egg - larva - pupa - adult

Life Style

Female lays up to 150 eggs in rotting vegetation or animal faeces. They hatch within 48 hours and the larva develop in 1 - 2 weeks feeding on the high protein medium they hatch in. The mature larva find a dry area in which to pupate emerging some days later, depending on temperature.

Pest Factor

The house fly will inject saliva into food sources dissolving them so that they can be sucked up by the proboscis. This process combined with the unhygienic lifestyle means that the house fly is know to spread disease.


BluebottleBlue bottle - (Calliphora vicina and Calliphora vomitoria)

Adult, 11mm long, metallic blue with large red eyes.

Life Cycle

Egg - larva - pupa - adult

Life Style

The female will lay her eggs 4-5 days after mating, normally on meat but also on excrement. The eggs hatch within a day and the larva burrows into the food source sing enzymes to dissolve the meat. When fully grown they will leave the food source and find a site to pupate in, hatching as adults after 2 weeks. With the onset of winter, fully grown larva will hibernate emerging in the spring. Away from humans the blowfly helps in speeding up the decay of dead animals.

Pest Factor

When blowflies access human foodstuffs they can spread disease. They are a major problem in food.


Cluster flyCluster Fly - (Pollenenia rudis)

Black with golden thorax 6mm long.

Life Cycle

Egg - larva - pupa - adult

Life Style

The adult female lays eggs in damp soil and rotting vegetation. The eggs hatch in approximately 7 days and seek a host earthworm which they bore into and feed off. Just before the earthworm is dead larva will bore their way out and pupate in the soil. The adults feed on nectar during the summer and hibernate during the winter.

Pest Factor

In autumn, cluster flies look for shelter, sometimes in houses. When a suitable area has been found (often loft spaces) large colonies form, hence the name cluster fly. If the temperature rises during winter they will emerge causing a nuisance.