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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 28-11-2020, 14:18 Thread Starter
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Is it me or does there seem to be more flies trying to hibernate in the autumn sun?
We kill thousands and vac them up only to get hundreds more creep in via vents or moisture drains.

Opening a window you have to be ready with the vac and swatter. We have never know so many before.

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Whilst being tormented by flies in Spain last year I read up about their life cycle. One statistic that stuck in my mind was that at any one time there are 17quadrilion flies in the world [17,000,000,000,000]. Apparently for each person on earth, there are 17 million flies. I haven't worked out if those two statistics concur or contradict but suffice to say in Spain I appeared to have my share.
A BBC item about Flies says "Like all insects they don’t truly hibernate, but enter a state of diapause, which slows down their development and appetite, until temperatures rise and they become active again."
http://www.bbc.co.uk/earth/story/201...A%20earthworms.
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Thanks ray. We feel that we are getting more than our usual share this autumn.
The garden shed has one side facing the sun and is almost black with them. The conservatory western end is covered.

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Went up into the attic last autumn. There were what seemed like millions of ladybirds crawing over every surface (horizontal and vertical) as well as flying. Sersiously ugh!
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I spray a contact insecticide onto some surfaces around the house and into dark parts of the hedge where flies and particularly mosquitos may congregate. We have a moderate fly problem here and after years of never having seen a mosquito here this year we had plenty.

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You need these Ray.
I had three doted about in the garden this year and not too many flies in the house, but these things were full of them.
Must be 15 meters from the house as they stink at times.
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Yes Jan and Alan. Summer time at the first sign of a wasp I use the bottle traps with coke and beer bait and can get a pound of bodies a week. Flies and wasps.

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Did you not know - flies swarm just before the vultures hover?
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Flies are a nuisance because of their habit of pouring out saliva onto their food source (your cheese, fruit, bread, etc or perhaps dog doodahs or rotting flesh - yuk), then they stamp around to break it all up, then suck up via their proboscis.......

Ladybirds are supposedly the good guys, because they eat aphids and black flies, so great to have in greenhouses, but a real PITA when they try to overwinter in window seals.

The other problem we have at present are shield bugs, aka stink bugs or Punaise, don't touch / squash / try to evict or anything else. If you have never tried they secrete a horrendous smelling liquid onto your skin after about 2s of touching them, and that stuff does not wash off whatever you use.. it is a pheromone and they also secrete another one that attracts other stink bugs.... so do not touch.

Sadly, IMO, there are virtually no insecticides that actually work, you can spray, spray, spray but they stay, stay, stay and the best use of the aerosol s to hit the offending insect with..... but if that insect happens to be Palomena prasina then my notes re stink bugs apply - they are VERY common in France.
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