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#1 2018-04-10 12:32:26

dug
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flys in my house

Hi

please can you help identify these fly's in my house?
I keep coming home and finding these all over my house on the walls
are they dangerous or a problem?

thanks

Dug


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#2 2018-04-10 12:41:47

Howard Bentley
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Re: flys in my house

These are not flies, but small moths (micromoths). I don't know whether they are the kinds which might make holes in woolly jumpers, but they are no danger to you.

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#3 2018-04-10 19:56:30

Tony Irwin
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Re: flys in my house

These are Endrosis sarcitrella - the White-shouldered House Moth. These can be quite destructive to woollen goods such as clothing and carpets, but they are most often associated with birds' nests and other accumulations of hair and dry vegetable matter. The caterpillars live in a silken gallery. If you can find where the larvae are breeding, and want to keep what they are eating, bag it in polythene and pop it in a chest freezer for a fortnight.

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#4 2018-04-11 10:55:46

dug
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Re: flys in my house

thank you

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