Dealing With A Rise In Flies

You probably have noticed a few unwelcome visitors in your house lately – flies. The buzzing, bothersome bugs have become quite an issue in recent weeks. Many viewers have reached out to us on the Newschannel 6 facebook page about the problem, so we went to the experts to see why the rise in flies is happening.

Dr. Roy Vogtsberger is an Associate Professor at Midwestern State University. He has a Ph.D. from Texas A&M in Entomology. He says he has a theory about the cause. "With the unusual summer we've had, and all the dry conditions and the high temperatures I think its just been conditions that have created these environments or situations where there is lots of food for these flies to develop," he said.

With ponds drying up, there have been a lot of dead fish. Other wildlife has died because of the drought. Their deaths fuel the circle of life. "Lots of decomposing organic material which is what the young flies, the maggots, develop in… We've seen generation after generation of these flies come off during the summer," he said.

Now that the cooler weather is settling in, the flies are looking for a toasty place to call home – yours. "All those adults like to come in where its warmer because they are not very accustomed to being cold temperatures," he said.

The best way to deal with flies in your home is an old stand-by, according to Dr. Vogtsberger. "I think one of the best things is still the sticky traps," he said.

Another popular folk remedy is to hang a bag of water with pennies in it over your door. Dr. Vogtsberger said several of his Ph.D.-level Entomologist friends have conducted research on the trick. He said they don't know how or why – but it does work.

Paul Harrop, Newschannel 6