A small shiny black fly with reddish eyes whose slender grubs “skip” by curving their body into a ring and releasing themselves. The larvae burrow into cheese or ham and can cause internal irritation if eaten.
Keep storage shelves free from grease or cheese crumbs and keep meat and cheese covered in a cool place. If infestation occurs, remove food, thoroughly clean surfaces and spray or dust with a product labelled for fly control.
For a heavy Cheese Skipper infestation, we would recommend you contact professional pest control company, preferably a member of the BPCA to administer a professional treatment to solve the problem. A trained professional will have the technical knowledge and access to a range of professional use products and equipment which are not available to the public.