Tag: phorid flies

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5 steps to figuring out ‘phantom phorids’ — and what to do next

November 5, 2019 By
Peanut butter and jelly. Peas and carrots. Bacon and… well, anything. Allow me to submit: Food and Phoridae. Phorids are small, humpbacked flies that lurk in the nightmares of even the best pest control technicians, and can cause health inspector... Read more»
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Test your knowledge of flies

July 24, 2019 By
Use these questions to see how much you really know about flies. Editor’s Note: Questions for this month’s test were contributed by Frank Meek, BCE. Read more»
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Dr. Jamel Sandidge, BCE Research Entomologist, Rockwell Laboratories

Get control of a phorid fly infestation

March 6, 2019 By
When the call comes in to eliminate an infestation of Phoridae — phorid flies, also known as humpback, scuttle or coffin flies — you may have a lengthy battle on your hands. Phorid flies reproduce rapidly, and have the ability... Read more»
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Phorid flies: Complete inspections can rule out costly solutions

August 27, 2018 By
Perform a full inspection to ensure there isn’t a simpler solution to a phorid fly infestation. Read more»
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PHOTOS: PMP Archives / July, August, September 1951

From the archives: Pest control for an atomic age

August 24, 2018 By
In 1951, the magazine offered a take on what would happen to radiation-exposed pests in a three-part article titled. Read more»
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Ask the Expert: Phorid flies

July 31, 2018 By
Read these expert recommendations for a complicated phorid fly problem in a mausoleum. Read more»
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Q&A: Security systems, phorid flies and a flea infestation

April 7, 2017 By
Q: A commercial customer just installed a new security system with cameras under the eaves of his building. This system also includes high-intensity lights under the eaves. Now he is complaining about the flying insects attracted to the building at... Read more»
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‘Zombie’ ants video: Phorid flies used to combat fire ants

November 3, 2016 By
The University of Texas at Austin invasive species research program is attempting to control invasive fire ant populations in Texas with South American phorid flies. PBS showcased this process in its “SuperNature – Wild Flyers” documentary this summer, made with... Read more»
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Q&A: Black carpet beetles, centipedes and phorid flies

October 24, 2016 By
Q: A homeowner is finding about a dozen black carpet beetle adults (Attagenus unicolor) in her bathroom every day. There are no carpets or other wool products in the bathroom. What do you think is the source? How can I... Read more»
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Did You Know: Phorid Flies

May 14, 2015 By
The phorid fly is also known as the humpback fly and scuttle fly because it has to make a running start before takeoff. The family includes a species known as the coffin fly (Conicera tibialis) and the world’s smallest fly,... Read more»