CLUSTER FLY

Description: About 10mm in size. They are grey in color with yellow or golden hairs on their backs. These flies have strong bodies, but can appear to be small due to their wings overlapping their bodies.

Habits: These pests overwinter in attics and wall voids in early spring due to the cooler outdoor temperatures. Prior to becoming dormant is when they tend to cluster together. On warmer days, these flies tend to emerge from these hibernation areas and are then seen throughout the interior of the home. After the warm weather arises the cluster flies are attracted to lights.

Treatment: Although there is no effective treatment for flies, treatment prior to infestations of the interior of the home is important. Long term treatment includes sealing possible entry points.

DRAIN / MOTH FLY

Description: These flies are very small, dainty and hairy. They range from 1.5mm to 6.5mm in length. They can be yellow, brownish-gray or black in color. Their wings are leaf- shaped and white-speckled.

Habits: They breed in liquids found in drains, dirty garbage containers and septic tank areas. In their adult, they are poor fliers making them found in large quantities on walls where they have developed. They are most active at night over their breeding areas.

Treatment: The source of infestations should cleaned and mechanically eliminated. Scrubbing drains down to the trap and vacuuming up adult flied are also forms of control. If these flies are a recurrent problem in outdoor areas, insecticide treatment may help with control.

FRUIT FLY

Description: Adults are approximately 3mm in size. They are a dull yellow, brown to dark brown in color with very prominent red eyes.

Habits: Most commonly known to be associated with fermenting fruits and vegetables. Fermenting liquids, rotting potatoes and onions are also food sources for these flies. Once emerged the adults are attracted to lights.

Treatment: Best control of these flies is done by finding and eliminating the source. Thorough sanitation is important and necessary to eliminate any infestations.

HOUSE FLY

Description: About 3mm to 6mm in length. They grey in color with dark strips on their backs.They have large red-brownish eyes with a gold stripe surrounding them.

Habits: These flies are associated with dumps, sewers, and garbage. They are known to feed off all types of solid foods, decaying items, wound beds and sputum.

Treatment: Sanitation is the most important part of treatment and controlling these flies. Prevention of these flies coming into the interior of the home through window/door screens , sealing any holes that may allow access. Exterior pesticide application may provide some relief.

AEDES MOSQUITO

Description: Slender, long-legged with wings. They are about 3mm to 6mm. Their wings and bodies are both covered in scales. They have long piercing and sucking mouthparts. Their colors vary depending on the species of mosquito. Mosquitoes go through their life cycle (egg to adult) in about 10days under ideal conditions.

Habits: Most species are active between dusk and dawn, but some are also active bite during the day. They are attracted to light. During the summer, these insects become more of a problem due to their need to seek out humans for their blood meal.

Treatment:Source reduction through eliminating water-breeding sites is the best form of control. Light traps can be used to control the species as well. Residual spraying can further help to control the species through killing/repelling adult mosquitoes. When outdoors, products containing 10% DEET can keep you protected for approximately 90-minutes.

Fact: This species of mosquito is the primary cause of the Zika Virus