Blowflies (Bluebottle, Greenbottle and Flesh Fly)


bluebottleSpecies of the family Calliphoridae are found worldwide and always follow a very similar life history.  Bluebottles primarily breed on dead and decaying animal matter, preferably carcasses or meat oval.  Although very common in the wild, they are also frequently associated with some human activity. 

Common worldwide and in association with man.  Adults active fliers, travel several miles.  Bluebottles will enter buildings readily to find breeding sites.  Breed in carcasses, meat, offal, meat products.
Eggs – whitish, 1.5 mm, several batches of up to 180 on carcasses or meat.  Hatch usually in 1-2 days.Egg-larva-pupa-adultLarvae – whitish, legless maggots up to 18 mm long in groups on carcass/meat.  3 moults, usually develop in a few days (average 1 week).  Move away from food when fully developed.Pupae – inside reddish puparia in soil or dry areas.  Develop in 1-2 weeksAdults – 11 mm, deep metallic blue, large red eyes.  Acute sense of smell.Importance Potential disease transmission.  Pest of meat industry, slaughter houses.  May breed on dead rodents, birds within buildings.  Also valuable re-cyclers of dead animal material.How can I control a fly problem?blow_flySabre has a range of techniques available in dealing with flying insect pests. In addition to residual treatments we have fly control units and insect screens available dependent on the extent of the problem. All of our fly control units are of the highest quality and are manufactured only in the UK. Our expertise has enabled us to recommend the very best fly control units, based on our many years of experience in dealing with every flying insect pest found in the U.K.

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