The winter months are typically associated with insect infestations
Wasps and bees, for example, need to hibernate and so they’re well out of the way of humans. However, some insects enjoy winter, and the cluster fly is one such pest.
What’s the difference between cluster flies and house flies?
Cluster flies are marginally bigger than the common house fly and have a dull grey colour. House flies are more active in summer, but cluster flies are more dominant in winter.
Here are some tips on how to deal with cluster flies:
1) Seal cracks and small holes
Cluster flies enter your home through cracks and small holes in walls. Therefore, seal any cracks or openings around your home’s interior to prevent them from entering your property. Such areas include doors, windows, and electrical outlets.
2) Hang sticky fly strips
This is a simple, cheap, and effortless way to remove cluster flies. They’re relatively slow-moving and won’t be able to dodge a sticky fly strip as it hangs in their way.
3) Get the vacuum out
As they move slowly through the air, you can use the vacuum cleaner to suck them up if there’s enough of them flying around.
4) Limit access to food and water
If you have leaky taps or pipes inside or outside of your home, then repair these faults to avoid giving cluster flies a water supply.
Food waste should be kept in sealed bags and thrown into a bin with a tightly closed lid. No food should be left exposed, including pet food, so always use air-tight containers. Otherwise, you’ll attract cluster flies into your home.
5) Call in the experts
Call an expert pest controller if these methods fail to reduce the number of cluster flies in your home. There are potent and effective sprays that only professionals have access to. So there’s no need to chase these creatures around endlessly.