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.
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.