Just moved into a new house (actually, house isn't "new" - just bought it)
and am finding a few flies around. I've killed maybe 15-20 now - wondering
where they'd be coming from. I'm in New England and they seem half dead
already, probably from the cold. My concerns:
1. Where do they normally come in from? I can't seem to locate a location
they're coming in from;
2. Could they possibly be an indication of a larger problem?
Thanks in advance for anything you can share...
On Thu, 18 Nov 2004 00:41:47 -0500, "Dave DesRoches"
:) Just moved into a new house (actually, house isn't "new" - just bought it)
:) and am finding a few flies around. I've killed maybe 15-20 now - wondering
:) where they'd be coming from. I'm in New England and they seem half dead
:) already, probably from the cold. My concerns:
:) 1. Where do they normally come in from? I can't seem to locate a location
:) they're coming in from;
:) 2. Could they possibly be an indication of a larger problem?
:) Thanks in advance for anything you can share...
They are probably Cluster Flies that will Winter over in the walls.
If yall have had a little bit of a warm spell after some cool weather
they have become active and found their way in from exterior walls and
attic areas. Or they have come in to winter over and the area they are
at, is still warm enough for them to stay active and again have found
their way inside. If the house has recessed or can lighting, that is
where they are coming from, though there could be numerous entry
points about. Can be a yearly ritual. They are parasites of
earthworms so there is no way to treat a source. Attic treatments can
be helpful in dealing with them. Timely exterior treatments at the
end of Summer next year may also help.
Another possibility is that a few weeks ago a rodent had died in the
attic/crawl area. Long enough for the odor to be gone and about the
time the blo/flesh flies may go from egg/maggot/pupa and now emerging
as adults. This will only last a week or so if that long.
Lar. (to e-mail, get rid of the BUGS!!
Dancing dog is back!
Probably "Cluster Flies". They are especially common in vacation homes. They get
inside and go dormant until someone turns up the heat.
You can bomb the house with a few cannisters of stuff designed for flies, but
they will likely return eventually. You can also try:
Which will control them without using any nasty poisons.
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