How to get rid of phorid flies

Have you recently found your home overrun with small flies smaller than your houseflies? Well, the chance is that it can be Phorid flies.

Identifying these small-sized flies can be difficult, as you will need to get hold of one to be able to do this. The Phorid has a humped shape back and flies in an erratic pattern compared to most other flies.

Furthermore, you find the Phorid fly walking on surfaces and, when approached, would instead run away than fly. Moreover, you see the Phorids close to dead animals as well.

Sometimes you can even mistake Phorid flies for drain flies or fruit flies. When inspected close, you do not notice the red eyes and no moth-like bodies.

A fact is the crucial thing is how to get rid of Phorid flies, as you do not want these jumping flies living in your home.

More about the Phorid Fly

The Phorid fly belongs to the Phoridae family, and you can find more than thousands of species under the name. The Phorid measures ⅛-inch long making it a small flies with a hump on its back and runs away on surfaces instead of flying away.

That is why the other name for this fly is the scuttle fly. Other features of the flies Phorid are a black, yellowish, or brown color seen in the adults. The larvae usually are yellowish-white, grayish, or whitish.

Furthermore, you can find the fly species throughout the world and not only in the United States.  They love to live close to drains as well and enjoy living around fallen fruit like the fruit fly.


The female lays her eggs close to food and can lay up to 100 eggs at a time. The life cycle of the egg to the adult stage varies and depends on the food source and temperature.

So what are Phorid flies attracted to? The Phor fly lives on decaying organic material of dead animals, close to drains, and as soon as you see a swarm of these tiny flies, appearing the likeliness is there is organic matter such as dead rodents nearby.

Some people refer to it as coffin flies as you can find the species around human coffins in the past.

How do you Spot a Fly Infestation?

When you have a decaying rodent or other animals beneath the home, you will quickly notice a Phorid fly infestation. You will find Phorid flies present when there are pets around with hygiene problems or even a broken sewer line.

While Phorid goes undetected under the house, they can come through the floor. The Phorid thrives on dead animals or any other organic material and is the first pest drawn to a corpse followed by other flies.

Therefore, if you do notice Phorid flies, it is best to start looking for a dead animal before the rotting smell starts. Alternatively, you can call a pest control service to control Phorid instead.

How do you eliminate Phorid flies?

The best thing is to locate the decaying material that is attracting the Phorid flies and remove it before the pest starts to feed and breed in it.

That is why it is essential not to use rodent bait poisons to combat rats or mice. Sometimes the animal dies below floors or in the wall and creates a haven for these flies.

We also recommend using traps that you can remove the rodent from your living space instead of poison. If you see the Phorid fly, coming from the drains, then there may be a break in the system and need to take control of the situation.

Make sure to flush the fixture and floor drains with a drain cleaner to eliminate organic material that leads to the infestation of the humpbacked fly. Always make sure the garbage disposal is clean by washing it with bleach, as it will remove the fly larvae and leads to fly control of other species as well.

Also, keep the bathroom and kitchen spotless around appliances and fixtures. Furthermore, make sure to clean up after your pet as well.

adult fly

Once you eliminate the feeding and breeding source, you can get rid of the Phorid flies with contact spray made with pyrethrums or use bug zappers.

However, if you still find the fly infestation present after a week, the likeliness is that the breeding and feeding is still present and best to call a pest control service to check out the plumbing areas.

Other Strategies to Keep Phorid Flies Out

  • Do not leave fruit, vegetables, or bones with raw meat overnight in your kitchen bin as the Phorid flies are like fruit flies and enjoy eating overripe fruit.
  • Never leave food standing in the sink and also keep the kitchen clean by cleaning dishes immediately.
  • Remove crumbs from the floor and remove drink spills as well.
  • Also repair that leaky pipe, faucet or other water sources inside and outside the home.
  • Make sure that the drainage system and gutters direct water away from the exterior of the house.
  • Seal up holes in the foundation, siding, and walls.
  • Install door and window screens if possible, and take the trash out regularly to control the Phorid fly.
  • Ensure that the trashcans have tight-fitting lids and also clean up droppings left behind by pets as Phorid flies find these types of dwellings the best place to breed and feed.

How Long Do Phorid Flies Live?

When it comes to reproduction, the Phorid flies are a champion as the female can lay up to forty eggs within 12-hours. As mentioned, the creature’s life cycle is 25-days and can grow from zero to zillions in a short time.

The problem is that even if you use a detergent-like DF 5000 down the drain, it can still take time to eliminate the Phorid flies infestation. A fact is that it can take up to two weeks, depending on how much organic matter you have in the pipes.

Therefore, fly control is of importance by removing the breeding and feeding place. You will need to continue using the detergent and keep treating it every 30-days to prevent them from recurring in the drains.

On the other hand, with a Phorid fly infestation, we recommend you keep your trash receptacle clean all your cereal goods, rice flour, dry ingredients, and cookies tightly sealed as well.

The larvae of the fly can crawl through small cracks in packages not sealed well and will cause havoc in it.

Are these flies dangerous?

If you do have a fly infestation, especially the Phorid fly, then you have one of the most dangerous flies around. While fly infestation of different kinds is potential, the Phorid spreads the worst diseases.

The fly carries different diseases as the creature lives on rotting animal corpses, spoiled food, animal droppings, and other foul substances.

When it comes to hospitals, this fly is a significant pest, and cleanliness is of importance as the eggs laid in necrotic flesh is their food. Not only do they live on meat, but they also take infections with them.

The worst is when they land on food items in your home, and as any fly, they vomit out digestive juices to break the food down to eat.

If you do eat food that the fly sat on, you can get:

  • Conjunctivitis
  • Gastroenteritis
  • Rotavirus
  • Typhoid fever
  • Cholera
  • Hepatitis A

So if you do notice an infestation of these flies around the home call in your local pest control to check it out.

Final Thoughts

We hope that the article helps you to identify if you have Phorid flies present in your home. Furthermore, by following some easy tips, you can prevent the specie from becoming a fly infestation in your living space as well. However, if you are still having a problem with these flies, it helps to get in a qualified pest control service to help take care of this pest threat.


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