Phorid Fly (Phoridae)
Phorid flies are in the small category of flies, measuring up to 3mm in length, including the wings. The most prominent feature of this fly is the humpbacked shape of its thorax. The Phorid fly lacks the red eye colour that is the classic trademark of the fruit fly.
The phorid fly breeds and feeds primarily on moist decaying organic matter. The reproductive potential of these flies is tremendous and very large numbers of them may appear in a short time. Phorid flies are found throughout the world and are a serious pest when found in food producing, food handling or food serving facilities. Fermenting materials such as fruit, dirty garbage containers, rotten vegetables or slime in drains are just a few of their favourite breeding and feeding places. The life cycle from egg to adult can be completed in as little as 14 days (under ideal conditions).
The key to controlling phorid fly infestations is to locate and eliminate their breeding sources. A space spray using an aerosol will provide a rapid knock-down for small infestations.