Cluster Flies and Houseflies: What’s the Difference?

Cluster FliesMost of us are all too familiar with houseflies. When one shows up here or there, we’re willing to pass it off as a minor nuisance, shooing or swatting it away. Most often, we don’t look close enough to determine if, in fact, the insect is indeed an ordinary house fly.  That flying, buzzing annoyance might actually be a cluster fly.

So what is a cluster fly anyway? As mentioned, they look quite similar to houseflies. They might spend their winter in your walls, attic or basement. You may have no clue that they’ve taken up residence in your home for the winter.

Come spring, and the warmer Western New York weather, cluster flies will appear inside your home, suddenly visible to you and yours. How did those little buggers get in your house in the first place, you wonder? Like many pests, they most likely entered through small cracks and openings in your home’s exterior. Try as we might to keep them out, crafty cluster flies have a way of finding their way in.

Next time you see one or more flies buzzing around, take a closer look and keep the following things in mind to determine whether or not you’re dealing with cluster flies.:

  • They are a bit larger than a typical housefly, with a black or silver-checkered body.
  • They have wings that overlap when resting (house fly wings remain separated).
  • They are a mellower version of a house fly—not nearly as frantic.
  • They tend to stay near windows, attracted to the light outside.
  • They have a signature scent when squashed.

 

Cluster flies don’t use your house to reproduce in these springtime months, and they don’t carry disease. However, this is small consolation for someone dealing with an infestation and the disgusting waste left behind.

Cluster flies may just want to escape your house after the long winter—can you blame them? Sometimes it takes a professional pest control service to help them find their way out. Then, when Fall rolls back around, a program can be put in place to prevent cluster flies from using your home as a winter resort to begin with.

 

Whatever type of fly you happen to be dealing with, get in touch with the exterminators at Comfort Pest Control to learn what they can do to alleviate the problem.

 

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Signs That You Have a Bed Bug Problem

Signs of Bed Bugs

 

When it comes to bed bugs, there are some horror stories out there. Some people spend weeks, months, or even years trying to shake off the pests. Because of the trouble that a bed bug infestation causes, people can be understandably paranoid about whether or not they might have one. Here are a few of the most common signs that bed bugs might be too close for comfort:

 

Bites

Bed bug bites will leave small red marks on the skin. Because they mostly come out to feed only at night, bites are most likely to be on parts of the body that are exposed while sleeping. They are quite small and can be difficult to spot, but many times an allergic reaction will lead to redness in the area of the bite. Even though bed bugs are bad news, don’t panic too much—bed bugs aren’t known to transmit diseases the way other pests do.

Smell

The odor of bed bugs has been commonly described as sweet, pungent, and rancid. However, most bug experts agree that it is usually too difficult for unseasoned nostrils to detect bed bug activity. In fact, if you do smell an odor like the one we described, get far, far away—you most likely have an extreme infestation on your hands.

Dark Spots

When it comes to covering their tracks, bed bugs are known to be a little careless about leaving their fecal matter around. If you see small reddish-brown dots or streaks on bedding or nearby surfaces, it’s time to have your place looked at. This is also a good thing to look out for when checking into hotels that seem a bit sketchy.

Skin

Like their excrement, bed bugs are known to leave their old skin lying around as well. They also lay white, sticky eggs, which are unfortunately very difficult to spot.

 

If you’re in Jamestown, Dunkirk, or surrounding areas and suspect that you might have a bed bug problem on your hands, have Comfort Pest Control come out and take a look.

 

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