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Old 11-14-2015, 07:20 PM
 
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I'm new here and I have to say a deal breaker on staying is the flies. I grew up in barns with horses, lived in Flrorida the bug capital of the country and lived in the woods, and I've never had flies IN MY HOUSE all the time. When I ask about it, just about everyone blows me off. It's serious to me. I have no problem with flies outside and a few that get in, but GEEZE, I vacuum up at least 10 from each window sill every day, and I havent even opened the windows. I'm in Black Forest right now. So please please can you residents who have been here a long time tell me if its like this is the whole state??????
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Old 11-14-2015, 07:22 PM
 
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That's not usual. I rarely get flies in my house. I live in the Colorado Springs area. Maybe there is something wrong with your house - i.e. some sort of gap that they're getting in through, something that's attracting them.
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Old 11-14-2015, 07:22 PM
 
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We've had a lot of flies this year for some reason, first time this has happened in our 10 years here.
Should be over soon with freezing weather.
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Old 11-14-2015, 09:37 PM
 
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REally otowi? Are you in a single family house? I've just never seen anything like it. It's discusting to me. They get in somehow and head to the windows to die. Curious, how old is your house? The one we bought is 20 and I'm the first to say its not been cared for for a long time. We've recaulked all the window and put screen on every opening outside we can find and still they get in. I've seen them flying inside the light fixtures outside. I was told if I thought flies was bad wait til Spring til moth season starts. We've gone to look at homes for sale purposely to see if there are dead flies in those homes. Well some of course get cleaned up before showing, but some others do have flies by the windows, dead and alive. If I have to move from Black forest to get away from this, so be it, but I just want to know if its ALL of Colorado, because so far from what I'm told, it sure sounds like it.
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Old 11-14-2015, 09:49 PM
 
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Nahh, its just Black Forest. Wait until spring when the Miller moths arrive.

Seriously though, we had a much wetter spring and cooler summer so it has impacted insect populations differently this year than it has for many, many years past. You have to go back to '01, '87, '56, and '35 to find years similar in total precipitation like what we've had last year.

In town, I've noticed much higher numbers of grasshoppers and much fewer numbers of Yellowjackets. I can't say I've seen much problem with common houseflies, but the small fruit flies (gnats) have been worse than usual. We've used several raps over the course of hte year so far and still have them out, unlike years past when it is concentrated to summer time.
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Old 11-14-2015, 09:55 PM
 
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I concur with the others - this is definitely not normal. Maybe you need to get a window/door expert out there to check everything and find any gaps?

I did recently notice that one window in my house kept getting a single fly in between the window and the screen every once and while, but then I realized I hadn't locked the window so there must have been a tiny gap they were getting in through which was imperceptible to me. Didn't get past the screen though and since I locked it, there's been no more. So I'm wondering if there's something like this in your house, where a window isn't/can't seal properly.
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Old 11-15-2015, 02:45 AM
 
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REally otowi? Are you in a single family house? I've just never seen anything like it. It's discusting to me. They get in somehow and head to the windows to die. Curious, how old is your house? The one we bought is 20 and I'm the first to say its not been cared for for a long time. We've recaulked all the window and put screen on every opening outside we can find and still they get in. I've seen them flying inside the light fixtures outside. I was told if I thought flies was bad wait til Spring til moth season starts. We've gone to look at homes for sale purposely to see if there are dead flies in those homes. Well some of course get cleaned up before showing, but some others do have flies by the windows, dead and alive. If I have to move from Black forest to get away from this, so be it, but I just want to know if its ALL of Colorado, because so far from what I'm told, it sure sounds like it.
Yes, I have a single family home built in the 50s. I do very occasionally get a bug in the house - spider, moth, grasshopper even, and once in awhile a fly, but not a lot of them nor regularly. There may be something to do the fact that we've had more rain this year than most that could possibly contribute to seeing more bugs - but even so your problem sounds pretty unique - none of my window sills have dead flies on them at the moment and I haven't cleaned most of them in months (I know, I know).

Maybe you need new windows?
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Old 11-15-2015, 08:33 AM
 
Location: Black Forest, CO
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I live in Black Forest (with horses) and I can say the flies at my house were bad this year for some reason. I have had construction going on in my house so workers going in and out, so I assumed the flies got in while that was going on. In years past, its not been like this. I think maybe the wet year we had allowed more flies to hatch out or something.
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Old 11-15-2015, 09:02 AM
 
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Beezle, its not the workers. Do you find dead flies on your window sills every day?
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Old 11-15-2015, 10:30 AM
 
Location: Colorado Springs
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Flies need accumulations of decaying matter to proprogate. The floor in a forest provides such an environment. Cool weather also extends their life cycle comapred to hotter weather. Making sure the ground area around your home is clear is a great first step. Along sides of the home, under stairs and decks and in window wells. Then examine all possible entry points into the home. Obviously windows and screens, but also mechnical and hvac entry points as well as ventalation inlet/outlets.
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