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Cluster Flies In Canada
Size: 8 to 10 mm long.
Colour: Dark grey with golden hairs and overlapping wings.
Description: Golden hairs on their thorax. Cluster flies appear narrow when resting because their wings completely overlap their back.
Scientific Name: Pollenia rudis (Fabricius).
Did You Know?
The complete life cycle from egg to adult cluster fly is about 27 to 39 days.
Cluster Fly Biology
Between 8 and 10 mm long, cluster flies are close relatives of blow flies and parasites of earthworms. Female cluster flies mate in the spring, laying their eggs in soil crevices, which take three days to hatch. The cluster fly larvae burrow into the bodies of earthworms where they continue their developing process. There are generally four generations of cluster fly larvae per year.
Cluster Fly Behaviour, Diet, Habitat and Life Cycle
Cluster flies are highly aggravating because even frigid winters won’t move them out of cozy attics and the wall voids of structures. They enter homes and businesses in early fall to seek shelter from cooling temperatures, and will get comfortable as winter approaches. Starting in mid-August, adult cluster flies seek out protected locations – preferably sunny, light-coloured buildings.
Cluster flies enter properties one at a time, but collect throughout structures in swarms, much like a swarm of bees. They enter homes and businesses through small openings such as cracks around your windows or walls. On warmer days in winter and spring, they can come out of hibernation and crawl sluggishly over walls and windows. When warmer weather arrives, cluster flies will emerge and depart the structures they’ve been dwelling in. An adult cluster fly’s diet consists of flower nectar, plant sap, and other organic matter.
Wondering How To Get Rid Of Cluster Flies?
Firstly, there is no effective means of cluster fly control for the larval stage because they develop in earthworms. Nevertheless, large accumulations of these flies can be removed with a vacuum cleaner, making them handy tools for cluster fly control. Insect light traps can also be placed in attics, but require frequent maintenance. Remember, cluster flies cannot be controlled by disrupting the life cycle of the larvae. Therefore, it is recommended to contact a pest control company like Terminix Canada for effective fly treatment.
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