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How Cluster Flies Can Infest & Over-Winter in Your NY, NJ or CT Home

fly2Have you been noticing more flies than usual during a warm winter or springtime? Maybe you have seen flies in your living room or kitchen – JP McHale Pest Management, Inc. has the answer. (Hint: It’s not because you neglected to take out the garbage.)

According to an article by Colorado State University Cooperative Extension, most cluster flies survive winter in the adult stage by taking shelter in buildings. During the winter, these flies are in a suspended state of development known as diapause and neither feed nor reproduce. When it starts to become warmer outside, these flies will come out from hiding behind walls and fly about your home.

Protect Your Home From Cluster Fly Infestations

Contrary to popular belief, cluster flies don’t develop on garbage. Instead, they are parasites of earthworms. They will either leave on their own or die without reproducing. Cluster fly control can be difficult because it can take a lot of work to prevent them from entering a home.

Flies usually migrate to sun-exposed sides of buildings in the late summer and infiltrate them through any available crack or opening. To prevent them from entering your home, you should thoroughly seal and caulk any potential entries before they begin their annual indoor migration.

If they have already found their way inside your home, the only option is to exterminate them as you see them or wait for them to die off or depart. For help ridding your home of cluster flies, contact the pest control experts at JP McHale Pest Management, Inc.