Thursday, April 7, 2011

Cool Snap Sends Cluster Flies Indoors

The cool (maybe that should be cold) snap we are experiencing in New Zealand is driving cluster flies to seek shelter for the coming winter. They find dry dark places such as attics, ceiling voids, eaves, spaces around ill fitting windows and doors, and other nooks and crannies around houses and other buildings.

The flies had begun clustering in the middle of March but this cool snap will encourage more to join the congregations. In such cool weather the activity of the flies is greatly reduced and they cause less nuisance to homeowners as they remain in a dormant state. But the cool snap is due to end this weekend. As warm sun heats the spaces the flies have found then they become active and drop out of light fittings, buzz around rooms and attract many more of their kind to the affected houses. So if you live a rural part of New Zealand watch out for the clusters that have gathered waking up and filling your home.

Kiwicare have recently added to the arsenal of products available to prevent and get rid of cluster flies. New NO Flies Bait has been found to be very effective against cluster flies. Place the bait around the exterior of affected buildings to intercept the flies before they have a chance to move in.

A woman walks into the kitchen to find her husband walking around with a fly swatter.
'What are you doing?" She asked.
"Hunting Flies" He responded.
"Oh! Killing any?" She asked.
"Yep, 3 males, 2 Females." He replied.
Intrigued, she asked. "How can you tell them apart?" He responded. "Three were on a beer can, two were on the phone."

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