What Are Cluster Flies?
Cluster flies are a common pest of northern homes and cabins. They tend to come indoors as fall weather becomes cool – they’re looking for somewhere to spend the winter. Cluster flies are a little smaller than the common “garbage flies” with the shiny green heads and they tend to fly in more erratic patterns, quickly hopping from one surface to another. They are black with short, yellow hairs on their thorax and wings that overlap while resting. Adult cluster flies, which are a little larger than common houseflies, range in size from 3/8 to 1/2 an inch long.
Why Do I Have Flies?
Cluster flies survive winter by hibernating inside wall voids and attics of homes and other buildings. They enter through foundation cracks, gaps in siding, attic vents and other small openings in the early fall. They remain mostly dormant over the winter but are likely to be annoying on warm, sunny winter days when some “wake up” and become active.
Are They Dangerous?
Cluster flies are primarily a nuisance and do not cause any harm to people or property. For cabin owners, vacuuming them all up in the spring can get really old.
How Do I Get Rid of Cluster Flies?
Truly, the only way to really stop them is by having Plunkett’s or any reputable pest management company perform a “power spray” on the exterior of the structure during late summer. Some people never have Cluster Flies, but suddenly get them one year, then they will always have them. Getting rid of flies can be a difficult task as they overwinter in hard to find areas.
Can I Do it Myself?
Do-it-yourself cluster fly treatments and products don’t usually work and may only eradicate a few of the flies and not the entire cluster fly population.
How Soon Can You Be Here?
At Plunkett’s Pest Control, our goal is to help you in the shortest time possible, causing you the least inconvenience while eliminating your cluster fly problems in the most cost-effective manner. We make every effort to be with you the same or very next day.
How Can I Prevent Cluster Flies in the Future?
Preventing cluster flies is not easy but sealing cracks, holes and openings that lead inside can help. The most effective way to control cluster flies is by contacting any professional pest control company.