- Flies are a significant problem because they can live in diverse conditions and carry diseases into homes. Insect order Diptera, which means to “two wings”
- Roughly 17,000 species of flies in North America alone.
- Easily distinguished from other insects because they have only 1 pair of normal wings
- True flies, such as the house fly, fruit fly, or horse fly, will always have two separate words in their name
- Insects that are not true flies have the word “fly” in their name, such as dragonflies, whiteflies, or mayflies
- Size: Range from 1/64 to 1 1/2 inches in length
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