Flies belong to the order Diptera and are characterized by having only one pair of wings. The hind wings are vestigial and represented by two short organs known as halteres that serve to balance the fly during flight. Most commonly encountered flies have large compound eyes and usually three simples eyes. Their mouth parts are of the sponging/lapping/ or piercing/sucking type. Flies develop by complete metamorphosis with life stages of egg, larva, pupa and adults. The key to eliminating fly populations and breaking the life cycle lies with the larval and then the adult stages. The larvae are less mobile and will be breeding in the “source” of the ongoing infestation. Adult flies are short lived and can be controlled using a variety of pest management techniques. The flies that infest structures may be discussed in five separate groups: filth flies, small flies, overwintering flies, biting flies and gnats and midges. These various groups of flies contain species that have similar habits rather than those that are closely related taxonomically.
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