Nuisance Biting Flies
Flies such as the cluster flies and face
flies may become a nuisance but don't bite.Some flies, such a stable flies or horse flies can be called biting flies because of their
painful bites.Other biting flies include mosquitoes , sand flies, black flies, and deer flies.
It is difficult to battle these biting flies because it is difficult to control their
breeding sites since they breed in water areas such as ponds and swamps .It is suggested that you contact your local mosquito control district is see what is provided in management of their breeding sources.
breed in decaying grass or crop clippings, hay residues, and silage. Because
they are extremely strong fliers, the source of the infestation may be located
up to several hundred miles away. It is somewhat difficult to control stable flies.
Avoid outdoor activity during these peak biting times:
- Horse flies Deer flies, Black flies, and Stable flies are most active during the day.
Sand flies are most active around sunrise or sunset.
flies and black flies are most prevalent in early to late spring. Stable
flies are most abundant in late August through October or November. Sand
flies are most abundant during summer months, but may bite at any time during
Increasing air movement in porches, patios,
and picnic areas will keep biting flies away but will not usually provide
Burning candles, coils, and torches containing citronella
or other biting fly repellent will sometimes help reduce bites.
these items produce smoke that repels biting insects.
Most biting flies
will usually rest on low vegetation until they detect a host.
mowing weedy areas, and opening up the environment for air flow will reduce
numbers of biting flies in an area.
Despite all efforts, biting flies may
still be a problem. If biting flies get inside the house, space sprays can
be applied to kill them. Aerosols such as space sprays, like CB 80 or PT 565 may be used to kill on contact.
Remove all people and pets from rooms, turn off air handling systems,
apply the product according to label directions, and wait about 10-15 minutes
before aerating the room. Keep room vacant as long as the label recommends.
Crack and crevice residual insecticide treatments can be used to treat areas where biting flies
enter the house. Areas to be treated would include cracks around doors and
Biting flies that usually rest on vegetation or the sides of houses
before entering or before biting people. Numbers of biting flies around
houses can be reduced by applying outdoor barrier treatments to places flies
would contact before biting or entering the house.
Recommended residual and crack/crevice product is Bifen IT.