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Insect and Spider Identification: SOLVED: Small Flies

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cosmicpower
Fort Lee, NJ

December 25, 2012
4:50 PM

Post #9367001

Hi there,

I started seeing these small flies around my home a few weeks ago and they've proliferated. They're about a millimeter long, and keep flying at bright lights (like computer monitors) or people. I kill 5 or 6 a day, and am not sure if they bite. When they fly by your ear, it makes a similar buzzing noise as a mosquito, and its disconcerting. They seem to keep flying at people's faces which is super annoying.

I got one intact, and took a macro photograph with my camera.

Was curious about what they were and how to get rid of them.

Thanks!

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Flapdoodle
Minot, ND

December 25, 2012
5:10 PM

Post #9367011

These may be scuttle flies in the family Phoridae - http://www.pbase.com/tmurray74/image/123511584
Their larvae will feed on a wide variety of decomposing organic matter, including gunk in drain pipes - http://www.pbase.com/tmurray74/image/123511584
cosmicpower
Fort Lee, NJ

December 25, 2012
6:12 PM

Post #9367056

Thanks! Much appreciated

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