The Buzz On Bugs

You Are Here: Home / The Buzz On Bugs

Command’s Pest Profile: Cluster Fly

Categories:
11/21/2017
Command's Pest Profile: Cluster Fly

At Command Pest Control we pride ourselves on being able to send pests packing. In order to do that though, we have to be able to identify which pests have claimed your home as their own. This month, meet one of the least harmful, yet most annoying, pests that might visit you this fall– the cluster fly.

 

Description:

Cluster flies, attic flies, loft flies and even buckwheat flies are all common and descriptive names for the pollenia rudis. With six legs, five eyes and an annoying “buzz,” these wing-clad insects may appear like a house fly from afar. Up close though, you’ll spy black markings and golden hairs that differentiate them. The biggest clue that you’re struggling with cluster flies vs. house flies? At a whopping 8-10 millimeters long, these pests are nearly 8 times the size, and their sluggish nature reflect that.

 

Environment:

Similar to autumn’s other frequent visitors, cluster flies don’t enter homes to feast upon them, rather they’re simply seeking warmth in cold months. Eggs are laid in the late summer and early fall, and hatch into adults within a month. Once fully developed, these swarmers seek warm locations, such as the sunny side of your house, to gather together in clusters. When winter weather drops beneath 50°, they sneak into small openings in the walls of your home to hibernate. They often go unnoticed there until sunny winter days when they crawl out of their void in a confused attempt to reach light.

 

Behavior:

These pests are notorious nuisances, but not at all aggressive in nature. Outside of the occasional dark-colored spots of excrement on windows and walls, cluster flies do next to no damage to your home or its inhabitants. 

 

Diet:

Although these insects don’t lay eggs in human food and thus present no health hazard, their diet isn’t any less cringe-worthy. Cluster fly larvae burrow themselves into earthworm cavities to feed upon them. In fact, these larvae are so exclusive with their diet that adult cluster flies lay their eggs underground in earthworm burrows for easier access. As adults though, these pests choose a more sophisticated diet of flower nectar in their spring-home in your garden.

 

Fun Fact:

Cluster flies are rapid-producing creatures of habit. They can lay upwards of 260 eggs in their lifetime, and if ignored, will return to the same hibernation location, cluster in tow, year after year. In fact, clusters can grow to be as large as several thousand flies under one roof.

Although we mentioned that cluster flies are not harmful, their presence is both annoying and difficult to shake. Protect your home from unwelcome visitors like cluster flies and others by contacting us to send pests packing.

 

Command’s Pest Profile: Boxelder Bug

Categories:
10/23/2017
Pest Profile: Boxelder Bug

In order to rid your home of the creepy crawlies that have infested, it’s important to be able to identify them. This month, meet one of fall’s most frequent visitors, the boxelder bug.

 

read more →

Command’s Pest Profile: Stink Bugs

Categories:
09/27/2017
Command’s Pest Profile: Stink Bugs

Summer has officially left town, and there’s a sense of celebration in the air because it took the season’s swarming mosquitoes with it. You can finally relax critter-free, right? While fall has its benefits, it unfortunately isn’t immune to pest problems. In order to treat these issues, it’s important to be able to identify them. That’s where our pest profiles come in. This month, meet the stink bug.

read more →

Water Bug vs. Cockroach: Clearing Up the Confusion 

Categories:
08/22/2017
Water Bug vs. Cockroach: Clearing Up the Confusion 

They’re big. They’re creepy. They may be living around your home. But they’re not the same. We often hear water bugs and cockroaches used interchangeably to label any creepy crawly that’s brown and unsightly. There are certain differences that set them apart though, and those differences can help you determine your next course of action.

 

read more →

Bug Free BBQ

Categories:
07/26/2017
Bug Free BBQ

Nothing sucks the fun out of a family barbecue like aggressive, hungry mosquitoes. If you can tolerate their constant buzzing by your ear, a heavy dose of bug spray every hour or so can help keep you bite free. But, if you prefer to keep them away from your food and family for good (minus the buzzing and chemical body spray), we suggest signing up for our Mosquito Control Program— the ultimate treatment plan for taking on these annoying and dangerous pests. read more →

5 Water-Loving Pests Living in Your Bathroom

Categories:
06/28/2017
5 Water-Loving Pests Living in Your Bathroom

Humans aren’t the only ones that enjoy a cool dip when the temperatures start rising. Here are five household pests that also find solace in the water. Unfortunately, that water might be closer than you think. The constant moisture coming from your bathtub, sink and toilet create the perfect environment for water-thriving bugs.

read more →

Citronella and other Mosquito Myths

Categories:
05/31/2017
Citronella and Other Mosquito Myths

Between all the rain that we’ve gotten over the past month and the rising heat as summer approaches, Mother Nature has created the perfect environment for Arkansas’ unofficial state bird— the mosquito— to thrive. There are a lot of misconceptions about mosquito prevention that float around this time of year, so as your bug expert, we’re here to set the record straight and help you separate fact from fiction. read more →

4 Signs Termites are Taking Over Your Home

Categories:
04/26/2017
4 Signs Termites are Taking Over Your Home

Spring has officially sprung, complete with chirping birds, blooming flowers, and unfortunately, very hungry termites. Although they’re tiny, these pests pack a mighty appetite and can cause extensive, pricy damage to your home if untreated.
read more →

3 Pest-Preventing Spring Cleaning Tips

Categories:
03/29/2017
3 Pest-Preventing Spring Cleaning Tips

Flowers are blooming, temperatures are rising and spring is coming! For many, the season is synonymous with one thing: spring cleaning. Follow our steps below to make sure your spring cleaning works don’t go to waste. read more →

Prevent Unwanted Pests This Spring

Categories:
02/28/2017
Prevent Unwanted Pests This Spring

With weather warming up and flowers blooming, spring in Arkansas is a beautiful time of year. Unfortunately, we aren’t the only ones who love springtime. Some pests enjoy the season just as much as we do. Below you can see a few pests you should expect to receive a visit from this season in your Arkansas home or business.

read more →