All About The Cheese Skipper

The cheese fly, or cheese skipper, is a sparkling, dark fly is 5 mm (0.2 in) long and found all through the world. It is best known for its dangerous hatchlings (recently brought forth wormlike structures) that live in human food such as dried or prepared meat, fish, and cheese.

They are called cheese skippers not just for their propensity for feeding on cheese, but also on the grounds that the more established hatchlings can hop. They get the folds of their own guts with their mouth snares, tense their muscles, and after that they discharge their hold, flipping themselves 15 to 20 cm (6 to 8 in)—noticeable all around.

cheese skipper on leaf

The grown-up female starts laying eggs around ten hours in the wake of mating. She will lay 140 to 500 eggs over her life expectancy of three or four days. Eggs are laid in groups on or close nourishment, for example, the muslin spreads or wrappers of cured meat and fish. The hatchlings bring forth a day later and tunnel into the sustenance.

The more seasoned hatchlings are around 8 mm (around 0.3 in) long and cone formed with a pointed front end. They have huge mouth snares that are utilized to tear up sustenance. They go through three larval stages and leave the nutrition around five days after the fact to pupate (change into the grown-up frame) in a dim corner or cleft. They rise as adults after around eight days. Colder temperatures stretch both advancement time and adult life span.

Individuals in some cases eat cheese skipper hatchlings accidentally because the hatchlings tunnel deep into an assortment of foods. The hatchlings are to a high degree active and can get by in the digestive organs of people and different warm-blooded animals.

On the off chance that incidentally eaten, they may bring about a condition known as enteric myiasis, portrayed by vertigo, savage stomach torment, queasiness, spewing, and looseness of the bowels. The fly hatchlings cause these manifestations by cutting into the internal dividers with their mouth snares. Different types of flies may bring about enteric myiasis yet the cheese fly is the most noteworthy reason for this condition in people.

Cheese Skipper Elimination

Space showers and hazing are utilized to get rid of existing populaces of grown-up flies, yet sanitation is the most vital perspective in the control of cheese flies. All surfaces ought to be thoroughly cleaned to expel all meat or cheese scraps, morsels, or oil. Surface showers are not suggested for the control and end of cheese skippers.

The following home pest control measures are also recommended:

  • Pantries or storerooms once infested should be thoroughly cleaned, fumigated with sulphur and washed with ordinary kerosene oil.

  • Special pains should be taken to clean out the cracks and wash them with the oil because the puparia of the flies may often lurk in such places.

  • The flies may be kept out of rooms or receptacles by using wire screen having 24 mesh to the inch.

  • If these pests are troublesome the storeroom should be thoroughly screened so that the flies cannot gain entrance.

  • Hams may be protected by storing them in linen bags.


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