Battling Cluster Flies in Alresford homes. You may have wondered where all the flies go in the winter? For the Cluster fly it could well be wintering in your loft. The Cluster fly is found in more rural areas, so you would be very unfortunate to find them in the city. However, the flies will happily swap the shelter of a hollowed out tree for a warm dry roof space.
This fly is very long lived compared to other flies – as long as two years
When you head inside in autumn you may come across flies around windows as the weather cools. This fly is very long lived compared to other flies (as long as two years) and will hibernate through the winter. So, left undisturbed there is little sign to give the sleeping flies away. Although you may notice a distinctive smell when you go up into your roof space to bring down the Christmas decorations.
Spring is nearly here and this unwanted insect pest will be emerging from its winter torpor very soon. Therefore, if you spot a slow flying fly that looks like a bluebottle but is lighter in colour with golden hairs, it is probably a Cluster fly. Watch out! it could be the first of many to emerge from your loft or wall cavity.
Try not to panic as the flies wake up and start to leave your home to lay their eggs. There could be thousands of them. Unlike Bluebottles or other common house flies the Cluster Fly is not interested in laying eggs in our food and causes us no harm whatsoever. If you want to talk to an expert call Chris at Shawyers. It is advisable to use a professional pest control expert to deal with this nuisance insect pest.