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Cluster flies

Posted by amwilliams 
Cluster flies
June 01, 2015 02:05AM
Our campervan has been shut up for a while and we have found cluster flies in there. Does anyone have suggestions on how to get rid of them?? Would appreciate any suggestions.
Re: Cluster flies
June 01, 2015 04:24AM
We had these in our beach house a few years ago. Spray and walk away then come back and vacuum up all the corpses. Sorry this is the only solution I have, at least your van is a much smaller area than a 2 storey house.
Re: Cluster flies
June 01, 2015 04:45AM
You need to break the cycle, they leave a hormone marker where they cluster, and more will be drawn to that spot. So spray, vacuum, then clean the entire area, anywhere that the flies alive or dead have been. The hormone is fat based so you'll need really hot water and a degreasing cleaner or they'll just come back over time. If you have a real issue with them you can interupt their breeding cycle by using insecticide lawn prills on your grassed areas. They breed in the soil, and hatch when the weather warms up.
Re: Cluster flies
June 02, 2015 12:57AM
I have never heard of cluster flies & so I have just googled 'what are cluster flies' WOW I don't envy you one wee bit trying to get rid of them they look terrible. All I can say I am sorry for you & good luck. What a menace but it does say they are not bad for your health as they don't lay eggs on food. Even so.....
Re: Cluster flies
June 02, 2015 02:27AM
Gosh, I just followed Lyn's lead and googled as I also had never heard of them. Holy Moly you poor thing. Didn't someone else raise the same issue on here a few months ago?

Sorry, but if it was up to me I would nuke them.
Re: Cluster flies
June 07, 2015 05:52AM
OMG I have a few flies that seem invincible to me spraying the **** out of them!
Maybe its cluster flies too and they are dying but more are coming out of hibernation to TORMENT me! I have a big problem with them in the summer too.

They drive me CRAZY.

Vanessa
Re: Cluster flies
June 08, 2015 11:24PM
I have a wonderful game of tennis with the end of season flies here using one of those tennis-like racquets which gives an electrical shock and fries the flies when you hit them. Those flies just will not die if you fly spray them. Before the fly/flies bed down for the night in some dark corner of the room, I usually play my tennis game early evening when I have only one light on which draws the fly to it and makes it an easier target. One press of the little red button on the racquet handle as you hit your target and you can hear the fly fry. I usually shut my husband and grandchildren out of the room while I exhibit my tennis prowess to myself for fear of accidentally batting one of them and, well, you know what would happen next............. I can but recommend this piece of lethal equipment which is kept well out of reach of children when not in use. smiling bouncing smiley
Regards,
Dawn.
Re: Cluster flies
June 09, 2015 06:40AM
That's funny Dawn it must be quite a sight.I had one a few years back and my grandson kept himself amused for ages.It suited me fine to let him loose with it,he certainly wasn't bored.
Re: Cluster flies
June 10, 2015 01:19AM
Marylew, I'd be too scared to let my 3 grandsons get hold of it - I'm not sure that one of them wouldn't press the red button and bat another and give them a dreadful shock and/or burn. Maybe when they get a little older and I can trust them with it!

The racquet would make a good weapon against a burglar though - they wouldn't come back in a hurry.angry smiley
Regards,
Dawn.
Re: Cluster flies
June 10, 2015 01:39AM
Vanessa - have sent you a PM because I talked about a product that we have just found helpful if you do have cluster flies.

Averil
Re: Cluster flies
June 10, 2015 11:05PM
Dawn, don't even think about giving it to the boys when they're older. The older they get, the more adventurous and inquisitive they become. Goodness knows what experiments they might undertake, on each other and other unsuspecting victims! eye popping smiley
Boys will be boys - all their lives!



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Re: Cluster flies
June 11, 2015 12:26AM
The boys (young and old) often don't even think to remove the dead flies, either!! On the plus side, your tennis or badminton arm gets a great workout.
Re: Cluster flies
June 11, 2015 01:55AM
Wise words Lorna the racquet should be out of reach at all times. Maybe only under guided experimentation with one grandson at a time, on his own, swatting flies only - just so he understands the workings and consequences and it is no longer a piece of equipment that tempts them to find out what it does. To see sparks and hear the sizzle when a fly gets hit should be enough for each of them to learn how dangerous the instrument is.

Marnie, maybe I could attach a racquet to each of my extremities and practice my Kung Fu routines.........what a hoot..............the scene could become either very graceful or, (more likely) crude and unsophisticated!grinning smiley
Regards,
Dawn.
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