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By Michael, Aug 30 2017 09:58AM

In our last blog we covered off crawling insects, so it seems only right and proper that we give a similar recognition to their flying cousins!

Our flying friends include moths, bluebottles, houseflies, flying ants, fruit and cluster flies.


The most common moth is the Brown House Moth. They grow up to 18mm long, feeding on wool, hair, fur, feathers, cork or debris from food such as dried fruit or cereals.


Bluebottle flies superficially resemble the housefly but are more shiny blue in colour and generally larger. They are commonly found on windows and produce loud, buzzing sounds. Because blue bottle flies deposit their eggs in decomposing organic matter, their appearance indoors indicates that decomposing matter is present nearby.


First, examine drains and pipes for breakages and/or holes. If no breaks are found, check rubbish areas, as flies can lay their eggs in scraps of rubbish.


Small numbers of bluebottle flies can even enter homes in pursuit of light or just accidentally through an open door or window. Using fly strips is a method of capturing individual flies and aerosol insecticides may also be of use, however, these methods kill only exposed flies and do not treat infestations.


Houseflies are a real nuisance – not just by flying around your house, but they also transmit diseases, so it is important to get rid of them. However, house fly control is not always as easy as it sounds.


The first step is identification - it is easy to confuse houseflies with several other fly species, including cluster flies. The different types of flies may look similar, but they require different control methods.


It is also very important to identify the places where the flies have been depositing their eggs. It may be something simple like an open bin bag can or a bowl of pet food left on the patio.


The next step is to eliminate the adult flies and it may be necessary to use fly bait, traps or an insecticide application. You may also want to flytraps.


Flying ants are a perennial problem, if only for a short period of time. The majority of ants are wingless. However, at certain times of the year, swarms of flying ants become a common sight.


Sadly, when winged ants are found within a home, it is likely that a colony has already been established or entered through an opening like an open window. 


Fruit flies are attracted to sugary, organic material and, as their name suggests, they are commonly found infesting fruit. However, fruit flies are also capable of breeding in decaying meat, rubbish bins and any large spills of fizzy pop or alcohol.


To keep fruit flies at bay, it is vital that we keep our fruit bowls in check! Sounds obvious, but a lot of times we tend keep our fruit for longer than its recommended life span, which really attracts flies.


Cluster flies, also known as attic flies, are around 9-10mm long and have light and dark grey chequered stomach and short, golden hairs on their chests and their wings overlap when at rest.


Cluster flies are slightly larger and darker than the common housefly and move more sluggishly, but are capable of crawling through small openings in the walls of a structure, so live in places like attics and wall voids.


However, in the warmer weather, they very often find themselves in the inhabited parts of the house and the move to the windows. They cluster around the windows and they leave stains on walls and curtains if crushed.


As with all types of household pest, be they flying, crawling, stinging or nest building, it’s always better to call in a professional pest control expert, as we have access to treatments and products that you just can’t get on the high street – products that will tackle the problem at source and not just temporarily treat the symptoms.


Until next time...


Mike


In our last blog we covered off crawling insects, so it seems only right and proper that we give a similar recognition to their flying cousins!


Our flying friends include moths, bluebottles, houseflies, flying ants, fruit and cluster flies.




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