As the weather starts to warm up over the next few weeks and months, it’s likely that you’ll soon start seeing cluster flies reappearing in your home or place of business, just waking up after a lovely long winter hibernation.

Cluster flies are often mistaken for houseflies, as they’re large and black… you’re to be forgiven if you can’t recognise the nuanced differences between different species of fly!

But cluster flies are typically more sluggish in flight than a housefly, and they have yellowish gold hairs on the thorax, as well as a chequered pattern on their abdomen, distinguishing them from other types of fly.

While they don’t represent a risk to human health, having swarms of flies in your home or at work is offputting, irritating and unpleasant to live with. These flies can also leave small excrement stains on walls and windows, which can be hard to clean and looks unsightly.

One way to prevent a cluster fly infestation is to go around your property and fill in any cracks you find or other points of entry in door frames, windows and walls. But even doing this may not be 100 per cent successful at preventing the flies and they are likely to find their way into the loft at some point.

If you are worried that you have a serious infestation and aren’t sure where to turn, get in touch with the team here at The Exterminator Pest Control to see how we can help.

We can use treatments like residual sprays that will target flies that are already active, as well as those emerging from hibernation.