"Yellow Flies Are Back"

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  1. Commssioner Magee

    Commssioner Magee Beach Comber

    Apr 27, 2015
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    To Combat Yellow Flies

    One blackball trap per South Walton County Resident with proof of address required FREE during the month of May

    South Walton County Mosquito Control District County Highway 393

    Special hours of operation for May 7:30 AM to 4:30 PM call for more information 850-267-2112

    ****Information on the Yellow Fly****

    Yellow flies are back!

    It’s that time of year again, and those nasty yellow flies are biting… here are some tips for armoring yourself

    In Florida, the name “yellow fly” is used to describe about a dozen different species of yellow-bodied biting flies. “Yellow flies” readily attack humans and are usually abundant in Florida with peak annoyance occurring in May and June. “Yellow flies” are in the family known as Tabanidae. All tabanids go through an egg, larva, pupa and adult stage, referred to as “complete metamorphosis,” the same development process that mosquitoes go through. Tabanids lay egg masses containing 50 to several hundred eggs. Most species deposit their eggs around ponds, streams or swamps on overhanging vegetation such as grasses or cattails.
    Yellow flies congregate in shaded, humid areas on the edges of forests, rivers and creeks, avoiding large, open, sunny areas. Some species are active in the early morning while other species are more active in the late afternoon.
    However, depending upon conditions such as heavy tree canopy, cloudy days or when an animal is moving through area, yellow flies can become active and bothersome throughout the day. “Yellow flies” prefer to attack man about the head, neck or shoulders; however, any exposed part of the body may be attacked.
    Their persistence to obtain a blood meal, once a host is found, can make 5 or 6 flies unbearable. Sometimes the use of the old-fashioned fly swatter will give relief by taking out the few flies in an area.
    What to do

    A trapping method homeowners can use, which does not involve the use of pesticides, is called the “sticky black ball” trap. Basically it is a beach ball, (milk jugs work just as well and are easier to hang) painted black and coated with a sticky substance. The sticky substance is called Tangle-Trap and comes in a spray or liquid applicator. It can be found at local Ace Hardware stores.
    These devices are hung from a tree limb using string, in a shaded area, about 4 feet above the ground. Movement of the ball by the wind attracts the flies, thinking it is an animal, they land, get stuck, and die on the ball. Several of these balls will reduce the local adult populations.
    Birds are not attracted to the ball nor can be “stuck” as the adhesive is only strong enough for insects.

    South Walton Mosquito Control District will provide a ball and instructions so residents can make more if he or she feels they are effective for their situation. For more information, call (850) 267-2112.

    South Walton Mosquito Control

    “Improving the Quality of Life in South Walton County”
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