Who doesn’t know about houseflies? These are the most easily recognizable insects in the world. Despite their appearance, these filthy insects go through various stages of their lives, transforming from an egg to an adult housefly.
It is fascinating to know about these pests and understand their lifecycle and lifespan in detail.
Let’s understand the breakdown of the housefly lifecycle in depth.
It all starts with a female housefly to breed and lay eggs. The female housefly finds a suitable place to nest and lay eggs. These pests get attracted to filthy areas that have rotten materials to lay eggs. Some housefly species may lay eggs on the animal’s flesh.
A female housefly can lay around 150 eggs in a single batch. These houseflies can produce five to six egg batches within a short period.
Houseflies have the size of an individual grain of rice. These nasty creatures are hard to spot with untrained eyes. Thus, it is less likely to take preventive measures by yourself.
Call professional pest control experts as they know the latest technology to spot early indications of housefly infestation.
Maggots and Pupae:
The emergence of limbless white creatures after the eggs get hatched are maggots. These tiny creatures feed on flesh and feast on rotten food to continue them to grow.
The housefly maggots stage stay in the larval stage for about a few hours to a couple of days. During this period, these houseflies will shed their exoskeletons about two to three times. They will burrow themselves into the food sources of the egg-laying site and enter the pupae stage when they shed for the third time.
Make a note that maggot houseflies can spread diseases and carries bacteria, especially if they have landed on the urine and feces of other insects or animals.
In the pupae stage, the housefly appears larger and changes its color. The color transforms from pale white to often yellow, red, brown, or black. They do not appear cylindrical and look for dark places to develop faster. During this stage, the houseflies start developing their wings and legs and enter the adult stage after three to six days.
Adult housefly stage:
Surprisingly, the adult housefly does not have a long lifespan. They live for around a month to three months. Why is it so? Because the houseflies have many natural predators, including humans.
Well, you cannot be deceived by their short lifespan as a single female housefly lays up to 900 eggs during her lifetime. Apart from this, a female housefly can reproduce within two to three days of reaching the adulthood stage.
After becoming an adult housefly, they will find food sources and find places to nest. Eventually, these creatures will find new areas and start the process all over again.
Generally speaking, houseflies are a nuisance to your house as well as to your business. They will make your home look awful. The premises will look filthy and untidy. If you suspect houseflies infestation, seek pest control treatment immediately.