With the warm months come pests. While some can be extremely harmful, most are a mere nuisance. One pest that fits in this category is the cluster fly. Cluster flies are often mistaken for houseflies, but they’re a different breed entirely. These flies are small and black with a checkerboard abdomen. They have wings that nearly overlap. Besides their appearance, they’re also further identified by their less than agile flight patterns.
Fortunately, this fly is decidedly not a threat to people. Unlike other flies, they don’t carry diseases and aren’t known to cause damage to your Eagle home. Cluster flies also don’t lay their eggs in your food, which means your food is at least safer than if another type of fly was hanging around.
That said, flies don’t belong in the house just like every other pest. Even cluster flies leave behind small amounts of waste in their travels and more importantly, they travel in large numbers. It’s their large numbers that truly make them a nuisance for homeowners more than anything else.
Keeping The Flies Outside
At this point, you know the flies aren’t looking to harm you and they travel in large groups. Now is the time to learn how to keep them outside of your home. To accomplish that, it’s important to understand their behaviors.
In most cases, cluster flies will appear sometime near the end of summer, before fall officially arrives. When the weather turns cool, their mission becomes one thing. They need and desire warmth, which is why you may find a group hovering near the windows to catch the sun. Fortunately, the colder months correspond with them being unlikely to reproduce, which makes them a little less troublesome.
Since their behavior is easily tracked, the solution to removing them may be easy as well. Before the weather has turned cold, you have a chance to let them out by opening a window or your door for a moment. However, that doesn’t mean you can’t do some things to ensure you don’t have a problem in the first place. Some things to consider include:
Identify and correct: Besides open doors and windows, this fly will likely get inside thanks to cracks or holes somewhere around your perimeter. For this reason, you’ll want to seal up any holes you come across in your inspection.
Work with a professional: A large number of cluster flies can make it an easy choice to work with a professional trained to remove them from the premises and get you set up on a treatment plan to ensure they don’t come back.
Cluster Fly Prevention With RAM Wildlife & Pest Management
Pest control is something that should happen as close to immediately as possible. The longer the delay, the more likely it is the pest population will spiral out of control. That’s why our team at RAM Wildlife & Pest Management offers the same or next-day service without fail for our customers. With our free inspections, you can count on us getting to the bottom of your pest problem before committing to the needed course of action.
With over two decades of experience under our belts, our team has made it their mission to ensure your Eagle home is protected from all pests, including cluster flies. You deserve the best experience possible while benefiting from the guaranteed results you need to sleep peacefully. With us, you'll also get pest control that ensures you don’t have future pest infestations.
Do you need cluster fly control assistance? Then give us a call to speak with one of our agents about our professional pest control options or fill out our online form to schedule your free inspection.