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peonygirl's picture

Has anyone had experienced problems with cluster flies?  do you know how to get  rid of them or where they are coming from?

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peonygirl's picture

Yes...I keep the vacuum permanently out.  It was windy here today, and they didn't seem as bad.  It's terrible...I am gonna scream.  I will try the ammonia on the window sill or maybe even vingear.  Thanks!

granny's picture

Yes, we have experienced problems with cluster flies.  This is new to us as we've just moved into a heritage home from a much colder climate where there are vitually few bugs.
They emerge in late February or early March after their hibernation and are a nuisance.  They're not like housflies as they do not gravitate towards food and but instead look for south facing light, light fixtures (white light) where you hear them buzzing around.  I've done some research on them and  they come out of the ground and get into the house through tiny crevices and beleive me when I say that they are miniscule.  Neighbors also tell me that they are parasitic towards earthworms. 
There are a few solutions: fly swatters, sticky tape that can be attached to the window sill when full replace.  If you have openngs to the outdoors and attice seal them (inside and out), and, if they still pose a problem call an exterminator ...this is my next move as they get into the house and into the attic and form clusters on the beams.  It seems likje they may lay their eggs in tiny crevices however haven't figured that out yet but I am cleaning my windows every few days as ammonia seems to help with their control.  If you noticed they fly around and then after a few hours they drop dead on window ledges and floors.  I've invested in a hand vacum to keep them cleaned off visible surfaces
Good luck

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