Nuisance and Biting Flies
Cluster Fly, Face Fly, Stable Fly and Mosquitoes
Many commonly found flies found around the home are a nuisance and or bite. As with many flies, these flies breed on decaying organic matter and animal wastes. They may transmit bacteria and viruses to humans. Flies such as stable flies or horse flies (sometimes called "biting flies") feed on mammalian blood and can give a painful bite.
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 the breeding sites since they breed in water areas such as ponds and swamps. It is suggested that you contact your local mosquito control district to see what is provided in the management of their breeding sources. Stable flies breed in decaying grass or crop clippings, hay residues, and silage. Because they are powerful 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.
- Deer 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 the year.