Cluster fly control isn’t that difficult if you do it yourself, but professional services are required to completely eliminate flies.
The adult cluster fly is a fairly large species at around 10mm in length and a wingspan of around 20mm; it has large reddish compound eyes. the thorax (body) has a distinctive dark greyish/olive color and is covered in golden hairs. When resting the wings are held tight on top of the abdomen.
The adult female lays her eggs loosely on and around damp soil, beneath dead and rotting leaves, etc. after about a week the larvae hatch from the eggs and actively seek earthworms to which they cling and bore through the body wall.
The conventionally shaped fly maggots develop within the earthworm. The larvae have been observed to push their hind ends back through the earthworm’s body wall to allow their breathing spiracles to gain access to free air.
At or near to the end of the earthworms life the larva will bore its way out and pupates in the soil. Since this is a free-living field insect, the life cycle is very dependent on weather conditions.
Here are 7 simple ways to help you trap them:
- Gather several plastic containers. Anything light-weighted especially margarine or yogurt containers work wonderfully and ideal. Make sure that you have at least two for every fruit tree and rinse them well if you are using containers that have once been used.
- You can then tear off a strip of tape about 6 or 7 inches long. Fold it well enough because this will be used as a handle for one of the containers. Repeat this step for every plastic that you are going to use.
- Get another strip of duct long as the circumference of the container. Hold the handle you made in the second step, carefully wrap the other part of the strip of the duct around the container in such a way that it holds both containers. Repeat this procedure for each of the containers.
- Mix one cup of water, one tablespoonful of molasses, 1/3 cup of sugar and 2/3 cup of apple cider vinegar n a bowl. Make a great mixture using a spoon. Make a bit thick mixture.
- Put a little bit of the mixture into each of the pails, it won’t take long for the mixture to be effective, you can pour ½ inch thick each if you have lots of pails.
- Hang each pail over a branch on your fruit trees.try to make them close to clusters of ripe fruits and more effectively close to the trunk so that the leaves and branches because this will prevent rainwater from accumulating in the various containers. Use two containers for small trees and three or more for larger ones.
- Check the containers after every three months, when it is full of dead flies, empty them then do some rinsing.mix another batch and refill the empty containers before replacing them on the trees.