Please click HERE to download a Fly Identification PDF from Pest West.
Fly Control - FAQ'S
Q: I have a small back yard of about 2500 square feet that gets sun most of the day. I live very close to the back of a grocery store and I have a tremendous fly problem. I have tried to avoud sprays because I have a dog. I have 2 bug zappers ad they don't work. HELP!
A: The problem with zappers is that the flies can’t see them in the bright sunlight outside in the daytime and the flies are not active at night. I would try a strategy of using Disposable Fly Traps between you and that dumpster. In addition, I would use some MaxForce Fly Spot Bait on an as needed basis. It can be mixed with water and sprayed on trees fences and buildings to make it available to the flies but keep it out of the reach of pets and kids. That plan should give you some pretty good control.
Q: Hi, can you help me with a possible pest problem? I have never experienced this problem before, but within the past 3 days, houseflies keepappearing in my bedroom. I have never kept uncovered food or had rotting garbage here! I am pretty sure there isn't an infestation directly IN my bedroom, b/c onthe 'worst' day, I saw 25 flies hanging out on one window midmorning-- andon the other 2 days, I killed between 2-4 flies each day.. This must meanthey're somehow coming from outside, right? How can I find out how the heck they're getting inside?
A: Melissa, they say a picture is worth a thousand words. It’s true. Those are cluster flies and they became a problem for you in the fall....only you didn’t know it then. They cluster up on the outside of the home in the fall especially on the south and west exposure where the sun has warmed the brick and wood. As the weather cools they crawl deeper into cracks and crevices and end up inside the walls and in the attic where they lay dormant until spring. Now they are trying to get outside but they are confused and lost and accidentally end up inside. The real time to deal with them is in the fall before they get in. At this point you can spray some CB 80 Aerosol into the air to kill them. Remember to spray the south and west sides of the house with D-Fense SC in September or October to prevent them from getting in.