How to Get Rid of Cluster Flies

How to Get Rid of Cluster Flies

“Buzzz” is not a sound that you typically expect to hear during the winter months. 

As the temperatures continue to drop, some pests become less active, while some become more active and cluster flies just so happen to be one of them. 

Cluster Flies vs. House Flies 

Cluster flies aren’t to be confused with house flies. These little guys are slightly larger than house flies and tend to be a dull gray color. House flies swarm your home during the summer months, whereas cluster flies start their migration into your home during the fall and winter months to keep warm. You can check out what they look like below. 

The number one way that cluster flies get into your home during the winter is through cracks and openings in the walls. Here are a few helpful tips for managing and getting rid of these pests: 

  • Vacuum them up: If you start to notice these little guys inside your home, vacuuming is a great way to get rid of them quickly. They are sluggish, so it’s easy to suck them right up if they’re buzzing around your living spaces. 
  • Hang sticky fly strips: Cluster flies are super easy to trap using sticky fly strips because they are slow-moving. 
  • Remove access to food and water: Cluster flies are attracted to decomposing food and water, so make sure to remove all access to food and water in your kitchen. 
  • Seal cracks and openings: This tip can’t be stressed enough! It is critical to eliminate all cracks in your home’s interior. Make sure to check around all doors, windows, and electrical outlets. 
  • Spray your home: If you’re still having problems with cluster flies after following these initial steps, then it may be time to call in the pros to spray your home! Give our Bug Guys a call at – 706-309-0881.