How will you know if you have Cluster Flies? Cluster flies live outside in the spring and summer months feeding on what they can find in your garden or paddocks. They mainly appear in your house in late Autumn and Winter and are sometimes called “Attic Flies”. You will see them either dead or alive. If they are dieing they will appear to be lazy in their movements and are often seen around windows or in loft spaces. You often see a lot of dead bodies around your upstairs windows. You sometimes see them sunning themselves on outside walls.
Why should you have this problem treated?
Although not a health issue, it is not pleasant seeing hundreds of dead flies on or around your bedroom windows. There is also the issue of constantly clearing up and disposing of the dead flies.
What can you do before cluster fly treatment?
There isn’t much you can do except ensure that all areas that are to be treated are as dust free as possible so that the insecticide used will be as effective as possible.
How will I treat the infestation of cluster fly?
All affected and surrounding areas will be treated with Ficam W and Ficam D. These are modern biodegradable residual insecticides that are odourless and do not stain, one is water based and the other a powder. In extreme cases I may also use an insecticidal smoke generator which contains a chemical called Permethrin.
What should you do after treatment?
Do not let your pets walk on any of the treated areas until the chemicals have dried completely. The chemicals will remain active for up to 3 months as long as they are not washed off, so don’t wash down these areas. The treatment is a control action and will not completely eradicate the problem because there is a possibility of survivors who will hibernate and breed again. However, most flies will be killed and the situation will be greatly improved. You may still see some flying around for about 4 weeks but then this will stop. It is important to tell you that Cluster Flies do use the same hibernation sites year after year so it is more than likely that this problem will recur.
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