I swear, I'm about ready to move. I have been seeing all these small, winged
insects inside the past couple of days. I think they are flies, but I'm not
sure. Anyone know where I can see pics of baby flys? Anyway, I saw a bunch on
the underside of a kitchen cabinet. I opened that cabinet, and there were many
of them in there. It's not even a food cupboard or anything. The weird thing is
that there were a lot of them on the inside of a window on the other side of
the house too.
Has anyone dealt with this before? I'm absolutely disgusted and I don't want to
do all the extensive cleaning that now needs to be done until I've eliminated
I'm stumped and don't know where to begin.
Any help would be greatly appreciated!!!
From pictures and such, I know that they are either termites or these ants that
look like termites. I need a magnifying glass to tell the difference. Anyway,
they are doing what's referred to as "swarming."
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:) From pictures and such, I know that they are either termites or these ants
:) look like termites. I need a magnifying glass to tell the difference.
:) they are doing what's referred to as "swarming."
Ants will send out their reproductives to start new
colonies by swarming. Ants are related to wasps so their
bodies will be wasp like, with a pinched waist. Termites
are related to roaches so their bodies will be thumb
shaped. Another possibility would be some sort of tiny
parasitic wasp have emerged. Many types are smaller than
If you own an outdoor cat (that hunts) you may occasionally experience
something like this. I've had one of our cats hunt something (usually a
mouse or a chipmunk), sneak it back to the cellar - where it becomes host to
a swarm of flies in about 1-2 weeks (dead mouse = maggots = flies). Look in
crawl spaces, under furniture, anywhere dark where it would not be disturbed
or seen... The big indicator is that "window full of flies" you mentioned, I
think they fly there instinctively trying to get out to feed - or it could
be attraction to light.
If you have a cat, or a history of the occasional mouse - it's a good bet.
Problem will clear up in a few days... open all the screens and let the
flies out... check all windows, probably more in one's you haven't
checked... flies only live 28 days, so it won't be a long-term problem...
* This does not mean that it couldn't be something else that would require
an exterminator, I'm just saying it sounds a lot like the dead mouse
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