A Helpful Guide To Cluster Flies For Ithaca Property Owners  

August 14, 2020

For Ithaca property owners, home is something to take pride in. Ours is a fantastic city with beautiful houses, and you know just how much work you put into keeping your home comfortable. But the insects of Ithaca always seem to have other plans. While not all of them are dangerous to your health, many of them can still disrupt the tranquility that you desire at home. And cluster flies, because of their pack mentality, are some of the worst offenders when it comes to making your skin crawl.

a cluster fly perched on a house plant leaf

What Is A Cluster Fly?

A cluster fly is an Ithaca household pest that can wind up being quite a nuisance to your home and family. These flies typically range from 8 - 10 millimeters long and feature light-grey colored bodies with darker midsections. One way you can tell a cluster fly is with the golden hair that stems from its thorax and the way its wings will rest in an overlapping manner.
These flies have slower reactions than house flies, but they’ll gather in greater numbers. This can have a very damaging effect on your home (and your peace of mind). It is no fun to look at a window and see a large number of cluster flies gathered against it. Or seeing how gross light fixtures get when a lot of cluster fly droppings gather in the corners. These pests will even begin to discolor walls with their secretions when their numbers are great enough. So if you want to protect the investment you made in your home while also avoiding the disconcerting feeling you get when you see a large group of flies, you need to find a way to stop the invasion.

Keeping Them Out

Even though these flies don’t carry diseases like the common house fly, keeping them out needs to be a priority so that you can prevent home damage and headache. They typically invade homes when the weather outside gets too cold. You won’t have too much of a problem with these guys in the summer, but they’re always looking for warmth in the Winter. If the sun is warming up the walls of your home as the temperature is below ideal for them, cluster flies will attempt to find a way inside your walls by way of cracks and openings. They’re very capable of squeezing through very tiny holes, so even screens aren't effective at keeping them out. If they do find a way into your home, they’ll usually want to use the attic as a hibernation spot until the weather outside warms up. However, they have been known to find their way into the living spaces through electrical outlets.
Preventative measures are mostly connected to pesticide sprays. Since they can sneak through tiny cracks, it’s nearly impossible to keep them out by sealing up the potential entry points. Insecticide spray is almost always the best method, but there are a few things you should keep in mind. First of all, using certain sprays can be dangerous to the structures and occupants of the home, especially when you are inexperienced in pest control. Also, if you don’t know exactly where and how to spray, you might not eradicate the problem entirely. The only way to get guaranteed results without putting anyone (besides the flies) at risk is to trust the help of the professionals. For assistance in getting rid of cluster flies, or any other pests, call the experts at Sweeney's Pest Elimination. Our knowledgeable and friendly pest technicians will be happy to build you a custom plan for cluster fly eradication and prevention.

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