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Dead Flies Meaning: Are Dead Flies a Sign of Bad Omen?

Flies are often thought of as a nuisance, buzzing around your summer picnic or flying into your home when you’ve left the door open too long. Yet flies have a special meaning.

If you look beneath the surface, you can learn about the important spiritual lessons associated with flies. In spite of their reputation, flies have much to teach. No wonder cultures worldwide attribute flies, or the presence of dead flies, with important spiritual meanings.

So, what do the dead flies symbolize? What is the true spiritual meaning of dead flies? Is finding dead flies a bad omen according to various beliefs? What does the bible say about dead flies? Let us see everything.

Spiritual Meaning of Finding Dead Flies:

Dead Flies Meaning

When you open your window to let a fresh spring breeze into your home, only to see a dead fly on your windowsill, you may recoil in horror. Many assume the presence of dead flies, especially in your home, is a sign of uncleanliness.

Yet this is not always the case. There are many reasons you may find dead flies in your home and this doesn’t always connote a need for deep cleaning. In fact, there is often a spiritual or prophetic association connected to dead flies.

Many cultures associate seeing dead flies with impending doom, fear, and anxiety. This is because flies are often historically associated with death, the underworld, and demons. In some cultures, the observation of flies being attracted to dead animals or rotting meat or produce elicits a feeling of dread. It is believed that if flies are drawn to dying or dead beings, that they may have some malicious connotations.

From demons to evil spirits, some cultures believe flies are messengers from lower or negative realms. Yet this is not always the case. Just as some focus on the connection between flies or dead flies with death and rot, others would view dead flies as a sign of good vanquishing evil.

Still, for other cultures, flies are not a harbinger of evil or malice at all, but a symbol of rebirth, loss, death, transformation. This is because not all traditions view death in a negative way. In many cultures worldwide, death is simply seen as a continuation of life in the spiritual realm. Thus, if you don’t believe in death as a scary loss after which you will be judged and subjected to punishment, the symbolism of death implies empowering and positive things.

Thus in more holistic cultures, the presence of dead flies may be associated with initiation, transition, rebirth and major changes. Without judgment of death as bad and flies as evil for being associated with the dying or dead, the presence of dead flies can signal an important personal transformation on the horizon.

Flies are often found near trash and refuse, therefore they can also be associated with innovation, recycling and even cleansing. When you see dead flies in your home, it could be a sign that you need an energetic cleansing of your space or even your own aura. It may be time to symbolically take out the “trash” of toxic beliefs or old patterns that need to be broken.

Dead Flies in your Home: a Bad Omen?

Perhaps you’ve heard that flies are a bad omen. This again can stem from beliefs worldwide which associate flies with demons, the Devil, or evil. In some religions, a foul smell and the presence of swarms of flies indicate that evil or even demonic or Devil energy is nearby.

Yet this is only one of many interpretations. Because of their association with decomposing and dirt, flies may signal things that cause your security or plans to also decompose. Symbolically speaking, a person in your midst who is up to no good can be considered to have their hands “dirty” or to be playing “dirty tricks” on you. Thus, deceit, defeat, something “rotten” especially in your relationship to other people can be a signal that you’re putting your trust in the wrong place.

You may be entering into a project with someone who has selfish intentions. The sight of dead flies can be a message that you need to “wash your hands” of a relationship or plan that has filled its purpose and is now toxic to you.

In the Bible, a passage compares the presence of dead flies to foolishness. It is associated with the danger of foolish mistakes. Thus, dead flies may be an omen to be careful. They can also symbolize the presence of danger in your life. If you need to be careful or practice discernment, you may see dead flies.

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In some Native American cultures, flies represent anything from Divine Messengers to a source of inspiration for sacred painters. Flies are also associated with change. Thus, seeing dead flies can indicate the need for transformation that is being avoided. You may be resisting Divine guidance, feeling a lack of inspiration or loss of opportunity.

This symbol may indicate to you that it’s time to change your strategy in order to fulfill your mission. Therefore, dead flies show you the need to work to live up to your full potential and not to let your passion or inspiration “die out.”

Some believe the sight of dead flies in the home is an actual sign of danger. This is an especially popular belief among paranormal investigators and those who link the presence of dead flies to spirit activity in your home. According to them, If you are disturbed by noises or inexplicable phenomenon that may indicate your home is haunted, seeing dead flies may be a confirmation of this.

If you’re going through a loss, or are in need of cleansing, dead flies may begin to show up in your home as an omen, though it may not be a bad omen. It may just be an indicator that you need to let go of the past and embrace a new phase in your life.

If a person or goal is turning into a waste of your energy or draining you in some way, you may notice flies, especially dead flies, showing up everywhere. This can be a sign that you need to preserve your energy. If you’re only focusing on the negative, you may be sabotaging yourself. Seeing dead flies can be an indication that you are allowing your skills or energy to atrophy by not keeping healthy boundaries.

Death or change on the horizon are also associated with dead flies. However, whether the change is literal as an actual loss or death, or symbolic as in a transformation or new chapter, may vary depending on the culture or tradition interpreting the sign.


Seeing dead flies, especially in your home, can be a sign that you need to address issues of impurity. There may be a mess- symbolically or literally- that you find yourself having to clean up.

Some cultures attribute this sign to outright evil or destructive energies or entities. This can indicate it’s time to cleanse your home energetically, for instance by using Sage.

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Angela Kaufman is a Certified Intuitive Consultant, Psychic Medium, Intuitive Empowerment, Life Coach and an LCSW. She is an amazon published author and was Featured on several shows like Discovery Channel’s A Haunting, Echoes from the Past (2007) 14 Degrees: A Paranormal Documentary, Tune In to Wellness Today with LisaMarie Tersigni, and Empowering Entrepreneurs with Melissa Carter as well as numerous radio interviews. She is the author of Queen Up! Reclaim Your Crown When Life Knocks You Down - Unleash the Power of Your Inner Tarot Queen and also co-authored three books on metaphysical spirituality (Sacred Objects, Sacred Space; Everyday Tools for the Modern Day Witch | Wicca What's the Real Deal? Breaking Through the Misconceptions | The Esoteric Dream Book; Mastering the Magickal Symbolism of the Subconscious Mind). Angela regularly conducts workshops, the Inner Queen coaching program and loves writing articles, that blend social criticism with spirituality.