Identify Your Pest

Phorid Fly

Quick Facts


2mm-5mm long

Preferred Habitat

Phorid flies are known to breed in animal carcasses, garbage, decaying plants, dormant garbage disposals, drain pipes and more.

Known Health Issues

Phorid flies do not sting or bite. Phorid flies have the ability to spread disease-causing bacteria onto exposed food products or food preparation surfaces when found in food facilities.
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The phorid fly is also known as the humpbacked fly, coffin fly, and scuttle fly due to the physical appearance and certain behavioral tendencies of the insect. First imported from South America to control the fire ant population, the phorid fly has now become a nuisance. A common pest in food preparation facilities, phorid flies pose particularly serious problems in hospitals, nursing homes, and other settings associated with healthcare and medical treatment.


Is the Phorid Fly Dangerous?

Phorid flies are physically unable to bite or sting and aren’t actually attracted to mammals. They’re really just a nuisance, which can cause damage to your food.