Pest Control: The Cluster Fly (Pollenia Rudis) in the UK

Pollenia Rudis

There are a myriad of varieties of flies that will cause distress to your home or business. However, Cluster Flies may be more annoying than other types of flies due to their strange behavior. Unlike other regular flies, you will find cluster flies congregating in the first warm space that they find. On cold days, you will notice them crawling sluggishly over your wall or window. When they find their way inside your house, they can leave stains on your curtains and walls.

What are cluster flies?

Also known as Pollenia Rudis or attic flies, cluster flies are usually bigger than the normal house fly –they are 8-10mm in length. They also have golden hair on their thorax, a grey checked abdomen, and overlapping wings. Again, unlike ordinary flies, you will find them crawling lazily, looking dopey, and craving for warmth wherever they can find it.

Dealing with Cluster Flies

Dealing with cluster flies isn’t as simple as dealing with fleas or any other common insects; simply using an insecticide that you come across can be a poor choice. The insecticide will kill them but will also encourage infestation of other breed of pests that feed on their dead carcasses. When this happens, you will have a totally different problem. It is therefore important to prevent a problem with these flies than to deal with them after they have arrived.

Ways to Prevent Cluster Flies From Entering Your House or Business

•         Ensure that all entry points as well as holes in your windows or door screens are properly sealed off
•         Seal any cracks or openings that you notice in your house with silicone based caulk
•         Inspect the exterior of your house or business just before the breeding season, especially if you have had problems with cluster flies before.
When dealing with cluster flies, it is advisable to call a professional pest control expert.

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