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Tiny dead flies on the windowsil?

Discussion in 'General DIY' started by Radam87, 26 Aug 2018.

  1. Radam87

    Radam87

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    Hi all

    My bathroom windowsill is being occupied by about 30 tiny dead flies per day.
    Has anyone else had this issue and if so what do you recommend for locating the source of them and dealing with the problem?

    Many thanks
     
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  3. big-all

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    fruit flies perhaps
    you find them where you find decaying fruit and plant material
    if you have say carrots or potatoes in a room for example check for any rotten
    any flies will die soon after food removed
    saucer off cider can mop up the last few as they get desperate for food they drown in the cider
     
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    With happy smiling faces?

    Ken
     
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    i have the big smillie face :D:D
    i found this out by accident
    had a potato that had gone mushy and covered in fruit flies many flying off when you remove it so flies everywhere
    roll on two days later left about 12mm in my cider tankard by mistake for two days and full off dead flies :eek::D
     
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    I'm sure they're nesting somewhere in or near my bathroom window and perhaps getting in through a crack. Alternatively could be via the drainage.
     
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    if they are fruit flies they will only go to the smell off rotting food as far as i know but no expert
    do you have any plants in the bathroom that could be attracting them
     
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    Flies don’t nest , either fruit flies or possible salt flies ( attracted to dried urine deposits).
     
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    the odds are that what you are seeing on your window board is dead migrating woodworms. they are beatles not worms.
    have a look at the floorboards for ther holes.
     
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    Op said they were flies.
     
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    If the flies are really small, 99% certain they are [were ] fruit flies. I may be wrong but there seems to be a load more of them this year?

    When I bring in the tomatoes from the green house and i have missed a tomato that has split [over ripe] inside about 2 hours the bowl will have a tiny fruit fly hovering around it.

    I even have the little sods in the back of the car? A banana fell out of a bag, ended up on the floor in the rear of the car, I found the dead banana three days later, now i have a hoard of fruit flies in the car???

    As for migrating wood worm, I think not, on a couple of occasions i have looked for them with a saw, bradall and chisel into a really badly chewed bit of timber, no sign at all of wriggling worms at all, I was told the worms stay in the wood they are destroying until they emerge as moths, this can take up to several years, they then fly around for about a day, lay more eggs and that is the end of the moth, it is said that the moth stage is very, very difficult to observe?

    Ken
     
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    woodworms migrate from flightholes around now an hit the windows lookin for light.
    they have wings to fly from ther flight holes.
    inspectin properties for remedial work you always immeddiately check out the sills for dead wood worms that can look just like flies.
     
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    as for migratin woodworm you think not? tell you what mate,if thats your best thinkin then youd best keep it to yourself because your talkin rubbish.
     
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    Cheers for the replies. Folks - they've calmed down a bit now it's gone colder but still getting 4 or so there per day.
    I'll try to get some close up shots in case they can be identified.
     
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    We often get those masses of small dead flies on our windowsill on hot, sunny days. Have been getting them for 15 years or more. Not a hint of a woodworm flight hole anywhere in our solid floor and I’ve just checked all our wooden furniture and....nothing.
     
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    he board may be able to identify some of the flies?

    Must admit I cannot ever being told that one specific fly was indeed the woodworm in the flight phase?
     
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