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How Do I Get Rid Of Cluster Flies In My Binghamton Home?

If you've been experiencing small swarms of flies in your home, the chances are good that you're dealing with cluster flies. Cluster flies may be harmless to humans, but they can be a real nuisance when they enter your home. Sweeney's Pest Elimination will discuss what cluster flies are, why they're in your home, and how to get rid of them for good with professional pest control in Binghamton.

What Are Cluster Flies?

Cluster flies are a type of fly that is common in the northeastern United States. These types of flies get their name from their habit of congregating in large numbers, or "clusters." Cluster flies are harmless to humans, but can be a nuisance because they are attracted to light and often enter homes through cracks and crevices in the walls or foundation.

You can identify them by their larger size (up to ¼ inch long) and their slow, lazy flight. Cluster flies are dark grey in color and have golden-hued hairs on their thorax (the section of the body between the head and the abdomen). They're often confused with house flies, but cluster flies are much larger and darker in color.

Are Cluster Flies Harmful?

No, cluster flies are not harmful to humans. They do not bite or sting, and they do not carry diseases. However, they can be a nuisance because they often enter homes in large numbers and congregate around windows and doors. Additionally, when they die, their bodies can attract other pests, such as carpet beetles.

Why Do I Have Cluster Flies In My House?

Cluster flies often enter homes in the fall, when they are looking for a warm place to spend the winter. They will find their way into homes through cracks and crevices in the walls or foundation. Once inside, they will congregate around windows and doors in search of a way out.

Other factors that can attract them to your home include:

  • Having a light on inside your home
  • Having an open door or window
  • Having other pests in your home, as cluster flies are attracted to the smells of other pests, such as cockroaches
  • Living near a field or forest where cluster flies are often found

If you have cluster flies in your home, chances are they're coming in through cracks and crevices. Check around your windows and doors for any gaps or cracks that need to be sealed.

What's The Best Way To Get Rid Of Cluster Flies?

The best way to handle cluster flies is to prevent them from becoming a problem in the first place:

  • Seal any cracks or crevices around your windows and doors. This will help to prevent them from getting inside in the first place.
  • Try essential oils to get rid of flies. Some essential oils, such as eucalyptus oil, can help to repel flies.
  • Plant plants that deter flies. Certain plants, such as basil and lavender, can help to keep flies away.
  • Control the flies in your yard by regularly mowing the lawn and removing any potential breeding sites, such as piles of leaves or organic debris.
  • Keep your home clean and free of food odors that might attract them. Wash dishes promptly, don't leave food out, and clean up spills and crumbs right away.

If you already have cluster flies in your home, the best way to get rid of them is to contact a professional pest control company. Sweeney's Pest Elimination has been helping Binghamton residents get rid of cluster flies and other local pests for more than 25 years. We will work with you to find the best solution for your particular situation and help keep flies away for good. Contact us today.

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