Cluster flies are very similar to the common house fly, but also share many differences. Cluster flies mainly become a problem in winter, when they seek shelter to hibernate.
Family Pest Solutions takes a proactive approach to cluster fly treatment, and performs an exterior treatment between mid-September and mid-October. This helps prevent and discourage cluster flies from hibernating in your home.
We offer a detailed inspection, reports, and recommendations on how to successfully get rid of and prevent cluster flies from invading your home.
THE LIFE CYCLE OF A CLUSTER FLY
Cluster flies start their life from an egg that a female cluster fly will lay in late summer/early autumn. After a couple of days, the egg will hatch and the cluster fly larvae will look for an earthworm to feed off of. Once a cluster fly larva has found an earthworm to use as a host, it will enter the worm’s body and feed off of it for several days.
After the feeding period has past, cluster flies then molt and pupate. It takes up to 39 days for a cluster fly to go from a new egg to a mature adult fly.
WHAT DOES A CLUSTER FLY LOOK LIKE?
Cluster flies are often mistaken for common house flies; however, they have a couple of differing physical traits.
Cluster flies have checkered abdomens, with a varied grey color to the body. You can also spot golden colored hairs on the cluster fly’s thorax, between the wings and head of the fly. Cluster flies are also larger and slower than their housefly counterparts.
DO I HAVE A CLUSTER FLY INFESTATION IN MY ALBANY HOME?
There are some common signs you can look for in your home to see if you have a cluster fly infestation:
- Clusters of dark spots – these are very small spots, keep a strong lookout for them if you suspect an infestation.
- You are seeing flies in your home.
- You find maggots in places where you have decaying organic matter, such as the trash.
- Quite often, cluster flies move towards lit areas. You can commonly find them near windows in your home.
HOW CAN I PREVENT CLUSTER FLIES FROM BECOMING A PROBLEM?
The best way to prevent cluster flies from invading your greater Capital District home is to give Family Pest Solutions a call, or sign up for a free inspection.
Prevention strongly relies on proactive pest control, and a DIY approach could prove to reap no benefit. We always recommend having a professional such as ourselves come out and inspect your property and offer recommendations on the best ways to prevent cluster flies from becoming a problem.
HOW CAN FAMILY PEST SOLUTIONS HELP EXTERMINATE CLUSTER FLIES IN ALBANY?
Family Pest Solutions offers a full three step inspection process to help determine how to best get rid of and prevent cluster flies from invading your home.
Our process is outlined below:
- Detailed inspection
We will be able to determine the best route of prevention and pest control to make sure your cluster fly problem is handled with the professional care it needs. Call us now, or use the inspection form on our site to start your cluster fly pest control solution.
Family Pest Solutions offers services to Albany, Schenectady, Troy, and Clifton Park, New York.