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Question DetailsAsked on 8/29/2016

Where do baby flys come from,i have them most in the kitchen

Baby flys or nats flying around in my home.

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Usually fly eggs are laid in rotting food - fruit and vegetables probably most common in houses, though houseflies will lay eggs in exposed meat - but takes days for the eggs to hatch to maggots and then morph into flies, so would likely see maggots crawling around and smell rotting meat long before flies came off it.

Baby flies - don't know that you can really tell the difference between babies and adult flies - about same size, so I suspect one of two things in your case - fruit flies (which tend to be smaller than household flies, which rotten meat would usually generate) - or houseplant gnats. Latter is especially common when people start bringing in plants that have been outdoors for the summer and are brought in, and the eggs laid in the fall hatch out within a few days in the warmth of the household rather than wait for spring warmth.

Rarely poorly maintained pet feeding area can cause this - especially if wet pet food sits around for extended periods of time in warm weather.

If you have confidence you do not have food laying around rotting in the kitchen (think kids and pets possibly dropping food alongside cabinets or under fridge or such too), run your fingers around in houseplant pots - if they are plant gnats (quite small) some will rise into flight. Google on how to make a soap solution to spritz the plants and soil with to kill houseplant insects and their eggs, and letting the surface of the soil dry out weekly to kill of eggs.

One other possbility - check any pets for fleas.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD

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