Get Cluster Flies Out of Your Home For Good

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( — September 16, 2016) — Everyone knows how annoying cluster flies can be. The issue is finding out how to get rid of these unwanted guests and making sure they stay out. You will learn everything you need to know about cluster flies and how to get rid of them here. Keep in mind that these tips are only helpful when the issue is minor. You will need pest control professionals like UltraPro Pest Protection to deal with a major infestation.

Identifying Cluster Flies

It is important to properly identify these flies, just in case they are something else. They resemble a normal housefly, though there are some major differences. For one, their bodies do not shine nor do they have that metallic look that houseflies have. They are usually dark gray and are 8 to 10 mm. The winged insect does have yellow-like hairs that are quite visible, not to mention a light-checkered pattern on their abdomen.

These flies are slow and may give off a buckwheat honey-like smell from time to time. Keep in mind that these winged insects do like to gather together and usually enter homes in the fall. Be sure to talk to your pest control professionals if you cannot successfully identify these pests, just in case.

Your First Line of Defense

Cluster flies usually get into your home through cracks or small openings. The best thing that you can do to keep them out is to be careful when you enter your home, and fill in any cracks with a caulking substance.

The problem areas usually include the following:


  • Cracks on the walls

  • Openings around windows

  • Door frames

  • Sidings

  • Chimneys

  • Utility pipes

  • Basement or attics

You can also apply insecticides around your home, though this step should be taken care of by a professional that knows how to apply such a solution.

Tips to Get Rid of These Bothersome Insects

There is one easy way to get rid of these guys once you have identified them, which is by simply using an indoor aerosol pyrethrin. These sprays have been derived from natural sources, meaning they are safe to use in your home.

You do have to remember to clean the bugs up, and throw them away as they can attract other bugs like carpet beetles.

You can also take advantage of their sluggishness and simply vacuum them up if you have a hand held vacuum, which makes it easier. All you have to do is suck them up when they attempt to hibernate in your home. You should be able to get all of them or at least most of them.

Another good idea is to use a UV light traps. What you should remember about these cluster flies is they are looking for a place to hibernate and stay warm for the winter. You can use their desire for warmth against them by installing UV light traps. These lights will make the bugs think of sunlight, and make them fly towards the light.

The traps come with adhesive glue boards where the bug will land and eventually die. The glue boards can be replaced when you are done, but they can last for months if you need them too.

Of course, you can always resort to a fly swatter or just your hands if you want to work out, though this might take a very long time. Remember that your pest specialist should be called if you see more than just one cluster or if you see new clusters emerge. There may be an underlying problem that your pest control specialist will uncover and deal with for you.

UltraPro Pest Protection

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Westwood, NJ  07675



With over 30 years of experience in eliminating bed bugs, termites, and rodents, UltraPro Pest Protection is emerging as New York and New Jersey’s leading pest control service for homeowners and commercial businesses.


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