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A single female house fly can lay up to 500 eggs over the span of just three to four days.


Learn More About Flies

These insects are part of the diptera order, which comes from the Greek words “di” meaning two, and “ptera” meaning wings. Other flying insects that belong to this group include mosquitoes and fungus gnats. They do well in the hot and humid climate of Singapore, which is tropical all year round.

As a result, they are amongst the most common pests found Flies in Singapore. Adult house fly musca domestica carries bacteria that can inflict health risk to public and leading to serious illnesses. This occurs when a bacteria is transfers through their saliva from wherever it has picked it up from.

A few type of treatment methods available to tackle flying pest infestation problem. Getting a Professional Pest Control Services is your best bet to rid of your fly problem permanently.

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Lifecycle, Diet & All

Fly Characteristic

The Fly Life cycle

They go through 4 stages before becoming an adult fly: Eggs, larvae, pupa and finally, an adult.

Egg to Larvae

The egg resembles a grain of rice with its long and hard in appearance. Typically found in corners close to decompose food as well as drains present in large number clumps of up to 300. These are their ideal places for the eggs to hatch in a day and enter the larvae stage.

Larvae to Pupa

The larvae is a maggot, size varies from 4 to 12 mm long, depending on the stage of growth. Maggots can be off-white or light brown in colour and some can be yellow or reddish in colour. Although they can look disgusting, maggots are actually essential to a dead animals and other waste decomposition.

Pupa to Adult

This stage is the resting period before the larvae turns into an adult. A pupa functions the same as a butterfly cocoon. A hard shell will form to protect it as they are developing.

Adult Lifespan

They have a short lifespan, depending on the species for some lives only for 24 hours. Yet, other larger species can live for days and even months. In Singapore, they thrive growing faster, living longer adapting well with the warm climate and food source.

The Fly Anatomy

They use a pair of wings to fly and second pair of wings, also known as “halteres”, for balance. They have five eyes that covers most of their eyes and the two that are visible are their compound eyes. They have three small eyes on their head called “Ocelli,” but their vision is not extremely clear.

Their body has a hard outer surface to protect its organs. An adult can measure up to ¼ to ½ inch in length. The House and Drain Flies are likes decaying matters, such as faeces, dead or rotten meat. This is because decayed matters are ideal breeding sites.

In other words, this is where they lay their eggs. For convenience sake, dead animals are essential for larvae feeding and growth.

The Fly Dietary

They have a wide variety of food such as human food, animal food and carcasses, garbage and excrement. And occasionally they suck nectars from flowers too. Drain and House Flies only feed on liquids so they must turn their food into it. They are usually feeding on animal faeces and substances that contains sweet.

Fruit Flies, as their name suggests, like fruits like bananas, pineapples and grapes. Nevertheless, they like vegetables such as potatoes and onions too.

The Blow and Bottle Flies prefers feeding on freshly killed animals. As they feed on fresh meat or in the process to decay. Flies are dirty and carry germs on their legs and mouths. They can spread these germs to food on tables and counters.

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Signs of Fly Infestation

A problem that no one should take lightly. They are not only a nuisance and can also cause health problems. For business owners, especially restaurants, it can even lead to suspension or closure. That is why it is important to watch out for the signs of fly infestation such as:

Live Presence

Regular sighting of Flies and an increase in their activity around food or trash bins.


They usually leave behind little, small dark clusters of spots small as a size of a pinhead. Visible especially when there is a lot of them.


The presence of maggots are small, white, worm-like larvae is a clear indication that flies are infesting your area.

These are the types of Flies commonly found in Singapore

Types of Flies

Approximately 120,000 species of true flies exist today. Dipterans typically have straw like sucking mouth parts, and usually feed on plant juices or decaying organic matter.

They can survive in places as long as it has a constant food source. There are plenty of ways to prevent them. Innovative Pest Control is your best choice to rid of Fly problem effectively.

House Fly In Singapore

House Fly

They are a nuisance and hard to rid of House Flies and can also transport disease-causing organisms. A cluster of fly population not only irritates, it can also impose a public health risk. They have three main body parts: the head, the thorax, and the abdomen. The head of the adult has deep reddish-eyes and sponging mouthparts.

Bluebottle Flies

Bluebottle Fly

The head and thorax are grey, back of the head has long yellow-orange with abdomen bright metallic blue and black. Females lays her eggs where she feeds, usually into decaying meat, garbage, or faeces.

Flesh Flies In Singapore

Flesh Fly

They have grey bodies with three black stripes on the thorax. The abdominal area has a light and dark grey checker pattern and has red tip. They are well-known to inject larvae into wounds of healthy livestock. This causes intestinal infection to humans that consumes the meat.

Fruit Flies found in Singapore

Fruit Fly

They are yellow-brown in colour, with brick-red eyes and transverse black rings across the abdomen. Typically seen in homes, restaurants and supermarkets in places where food rot. They exist all year round, more active during summer or fall where fruits and vegetables are in season.

Sand Fly In Singapore

Sand Fly

They are tiny insects about 1.5-3.5 mm in length, with a hairy body, large black eyes and long legs. The Female lays around 30 to 70 eggs small batches on moist surfaces like sand in protected areas. Commonly found on the sandy beach with fairly high humidity and organic matter.

Drain Fly Infestation in the toilet

Drain Fly

They are tiny approximately 1/5 to 1/6 inch long, fuzzy, dark to greyish in colour. The body and wings mildly covered with hairs. The antennae are long with 13 segments, with each bead-like and having a wool of long hairs. Commonly found in drainage areas such as sink and toilets.

Horse fly in Singapore

Horse Fly

They have metallic eyes, mouthpart resemble a wedge tool and has dark markings on the wings. The bloodthirsty females can cause serious pests to humans and animals. In groups, they can suck three ounces or more of blood a day from one host. They are carriers of many type pf animal diseases like anthrax and trypanosomiasis.

Phorid Fly In Singapore

Phorid Fly

They are typical “hunched back” with small head placed lower front arched thorax. They breed in moist, decaying matter and have been a common problem in homes. Some cases of larvae infestations to humans include eyes, wounds, and intestines.


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