The sound of rustling fallen leaves on a crisp autumn day is like music to those who favor the cooler months of the year, but some of that rustling might not be leaves. Drawn to the warm, welcoming embrace of your nice and cozy Eagle home, cluster flies flock to the warmest shelter they can find in mid to late fall. They don't cause any structural damage, and they don't spread diseases either, but nobody likes hearing buzzing noises in their walls.
Facts About Cluster Flies In Eagle
In terms of appearance, these flies can be easily mistaken for the common housefly. They range between ¼ to 3/8 of an inch in length, and they have metallic gray bodies with yellow golden hairs on their thorax. Flies only have one set of wings, which sit flush to their bodies when they're at rest. One thing that sets these flies apart from other common species is they don't hang around trash and filth, and in fact, they don't spread any diseases at all. They're happy to dine on nectar, sap, and other organic plant matter once they've matured into adult flies.
Cluster flies aren't interested in your Eagle home during the spring or summer, but instead, use the darkened corners of your home to hibernate during the colder months of the year. These insects can't handle extreme cold, so they find the most suitable and easiest accessible shelters they can find to brave the harsh winter weather. They're not awful house guests, and they're only ever active on particularly warm winter days, but they can stain walls with their excrement, and dead cluster flies can attract other pests as well.
How To Prevent Cluster Flies From Invading Your Eagle Home
Given their small stature, cluster flies can squeeze through the tiniest of gaps to infiltrate your Eagle home. It takes a sharp eye to find these crevices, which makes prevention incredibly difficult, but it never hurts to give your home some much needed TLC:
Patch up any gaps, cracks, and holes in your foundation, roof, trim, and siding of your home
Replace worn-down insulation around windows and door frames
Try not to add too many flowering plants to your garden
Keep tight-fitting lids on all indoor and outdoor trash cans
Fix any gaps and tears you may have in window screens
Place fly traps around your home and on your property to keep the population low
Try not to over-water your garden, and make sure your lawn is draining properly
It's important to note that sealing up your home should be done well before autumn. Once the weather begins to cool, cluster flies start looking for shelter, and if you seal up any entry points after they've already infiltrated then they'll have no way to get out of the wall voids in your home. If it's already autumn or winter, just leave the extra home repairs until spring.
How To Handle A Cluster Fly Infestation In Your Eagle Home
While they aren't dangerous pests, it can still be difficult to find all of their hiding spots, and nobody likes harboring messy nuisance pests. Our highly trained pest experts at RAM Wildlife & Pest Management know how to handle infestations like these, and we take our customer satisfaction very seriously. We have competitive prices, offer comprehensive pest control treatment plans that are unique to the needs of each customer, and we always work to ensure 100% customer satisfaction. Don't take our word for it, though! Get in contact with us today, and find out why we're the best pest control company for you.