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Great Big Flies- Sarcophagids

Great big flies

QUESTION: I have great big flies all over the front and back of my brick home here in Va.Beach and when I open the front or back doors I have to always watch so they won't come in the house. What can I do to get rid of them.

ANSWER: Sarcophagids, known as flesh flies, will often hang out in certain spots such as outside stairwells, corners of a building away from direct sunlight and wind.  These flies are attracted to carrion where they lay their eggs which emerge as maggots that feed on the flesh of the demised.  A fan will keep them away.  Spraying the walls with a pyrethroid such as "Suspend" will destroy them.  Their presence should not be continuing anyway.  In the heat of the day, they find your location.

What has been the situation in past years?  Be guided with your past experience.

Regarding preventing their entry into the home, the use of screen doors will; be helpful.  Seal cracks to prevent their crawling inside from the collection spots where they are resting.

Our website links to a supplier that can send you product. 

Best wishes Pam,

George Manning

Consulting Entomologist

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QUESTION: My house has been all redone with new roof and trim painted and had a complete work over inside and out. I have never had this problem so I don't know how to handle it.  Also I take care of my 21 month old niece and am concerned for her.  Where do I buy Suspend and do I spray it all over my house and will it hurt the baby?

The Bug Stop is a supplier that can send you the product, Suspend, instructions as to application dilutions, and an inexpensive spray applicator.  Their website and e-mail address are linked from our site,  You can communicate with them; they are very helpful.


George Manning

Best Wishes,

George Manning

Consulting Entomologist

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