Up to 3mm in length, including the wings. Black, brown or yellowish in in colour. Humpbacked shape thorax. The phorid fly breeds and feeds primarily on moist decaying organic matter. The adult flies have a characteristic habit of scuttling in a fast run instead of immediately taking to the wing when disturbed.
Larvae develop in moist areas where organic material and standing water are present. Phorid larvae also develop in animal matter. The life cycle from egg to adult can be completed in as little as 14 days under ideal conditions.
Infestations often originate from blocked or broken drains and sewers. The key to controlling phorid fly infestations is to locate and eliminate their breeding sources. A space spray using an aerosol labelled for flying insects or Ultra Low Volume treatment will provide a rapid knock-down for small infestations.
**Products to control Phorid/Scuttle Flies:
Imidasect Ant Gel (35g tube)
Maxforce Pushbox (20 x 2g)
Maxforce Quantum Gel (30g tube)