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Old 05-18-2013, 01:58 PM   #211
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Originally Posted by joshsmom View Post
I can just see them sitting around saying "ok, what the HECK are we going to DO about this????!!!"
Where's Mr Toad when you need him???
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Old 05-18-2013, 02:08 PM   #212
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Where's Mr Toad when you need him???
He's been replaced by a honey eating bear. Hey, maybe that is what the problem is? All that honey will attract flies!
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Old 05-18-2013, 05:39 PM   #213
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For what it's worth, we were at WDW this past week. The flies were pretty bad early in the week, but by the end of the week we barely noticed them. Maybe something was done to address the issue, but it seems to be better.
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Old 05-18-2013, 08:31 PM   #214
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Originally Posted by maarch View Post
Concidering when they become " flies " they will live around a week or two. Then die after making larva. The cylcle go on and on.

But since Disney is aware of the problem, my guess is they spreaded pesticide all over the place at night, killing the larva. They just had to wait for the flies to die by themself.

In 2 weeks top I think all of this will be history.
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Old 05-18-2013, 09:29 PM   #215
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Old 05-18-2013, 09:32 PM   #216
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We had no problem when we were there April 20th - 27th. I am so happy we missed all this. I feel so bad for the people dealing with this. I have been going to Disney for years & never heard of such a thing. Invasion of some kind.We live in farm country & I hate when the farmers spread the poop in the fields. I won't sit out side for days because of flies. But after a few days they are gone.I moved near there farm's so I can't complain. I hope Disney finds a way to get rid of these.People spend so much money on vacation's. Good luck.
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Old 05-18-2013, 09:53 PM   #217
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Old 05-18-2013, 10:33 PM   #218
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We are still here - the flies are mostly @ EP & MK. They are regular black flies & strangely they are slow moving. They almost seem "sleepy". We have had several CM's apologize in stores, on rides & @ meals. Very annoying & strange.
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Old 05-19-2013, 11:18 AM   #219
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I live in NW Florida and this is what we have here as far as biting flies..

Deer flies (also known as yellow flies, or stouts in Atlantic Canada) are flies in the genus Chrysops of the family Tabanidae that can be pests to cattle, horses, and humans. A distinguishing characteristic of a deer fly is patterned gold or green eyes.[1]
Deer flies are a genus that belongs to the family commonly called horse-flies (Tabanidae). They are smaller than wasps, and they have coloured eyes and dark bands across their wings. While female deer flies feed on blood, males instead collect pollen. When feeding, females use knife-like mandibles and maxillae to make a cross-shaped incision and then lap up the blood. Their bite can be extremely painful, and allergic reaction from the saliva of the fly can result in further discomfort and health concerns. Pain and itch are the most common symptoms, but more significant allergic reactions can develop.[2]
They are often found in damp environments, such as wetlands or forests. They lay clusters of shiny black eggs on the leaves of small plants by water. The aquatic larvae feed on small insects and pupate in the mud at the edge of the water.[1][3] Adults are potential vectors of tularemia, anthrax and loa loa filariasis.
Predators of the deer fly (and other Tabanidae) include nest-building wasps and hornets, dragonflies, and some birds including the killdee
They are indeed nasty things. Their bites are quite painful. We had those too, along with the great big horseflies that take big chunks out of you. Ah, the joys of owning horses.
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Old 05-19-2013, 11:21 AM   #220

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Old 05-19-2013, 11:26 AM   #221
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Originally Posted by Bete View Post
You would have thought Disney would have tested this new mulch in a few confined areas before spreading it everywhere.

I hope the head of landscaping gets fired on this one.

Flies bring disease. It's more than annoying to me.

Now, let's add injury to injury and Disney will be using harmful insecticide to get rid of the insects.

What a mess!
My gosh, you'd want some working man or woman to get fired over a fly problem that's hitting ALL of the area, not just WDW!? A poster in this thread theorized it was the new mulch, but that was shot down pretty darn quick.

I'm glad you're not running Disney's HR department.

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Old 05-19-2013, 11:39 AM   #222
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Originally Posted by gmeh1 View Post
In the fall when I sat outside the flies would bite, they also bite the horses to the point of open wounds (which we of course took care of). they are called biting flies/stable flies for a reason. They are not horseflies. I lived in CT at the time and have been bothered by them here and there in FL.
They look like houseflies and frankly who looks at the fly to identify it when it is biting you?

Look up biting flies. This is what I found for them:http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/ig081

Stable Fly

The stable fly (Figure 3), also known as the dog fly, is a blood-sucking pest that closely resembles the house fly. It is similar to the house fly in size and color, but is easily recognized by its large, piercing mouthparts, which project forward from the head. Unlike many blood-feeding insects, such as mosquitoes, both sexes of the stable fly feed on blood.

The stable fly is a common pest of man and animals throughout the world. Stable flies are strong fliers that can travel up to two miles in search of a blood meal. Because they are persistent and easily interrupted during feeding, they often attack more than one host, increasing the potential for disease transmission. Although stable flies may be mechanical vectors of several animal diseases, they are not known to play a significant role in spreading human pathogens.

In Florida, cattle persistently attacked by stable flies feed less efficiently, resulting in reduced weight gain and milk production. In addition, losses to the Florida tourism industry have occurred when large stable fly populations appear on the Gulf Coast, driving away beach-goers.

After acquiring several blood meals over the course of three to five days, females will mate and develop a batch of eggs. At this time, the female stable fly will seek out areas such as soiled animal bedding, spilled animal feeds, compost piles, and even seaweed deposits along beaches to deposit her eggs. Once an area is located, the female will crawl into the loose material, laying eggs sporadically as she moves. Each female will live for 20 to 30 days as an adult, laying between 500 to 600 eggs during her lifetime. The eggs hatch in 24 to 48 hours, and the larvae develop for a period of 14 to 26 days. The average stable fly life cycle is 28 days and can vary from 22 to 58 days, depending on weather conditions.

Also this: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/PUBS/insect/05582.html
Stable Fly, "Biting House Fly"

The stable fly (Stomoxys calcitrans) is a blood-feeding pest known to attack almost any kind of warm-blooded animal. It is a major pest of confined livestock throughout the world, including Colorado. It looks like the common house fly except that its mouthparts are adapted for biting and sucking blood. The stable fly feeds by inserting its proboscis (beak) through the skin and then sucking blood from its host. Females can live up to a month and may require several blood meals during this period in order to continue laying eggs. It is a daytime feeder, with peak biting occurring during the early morning and late afternoon. Stable flies prefer to attack people around the ankles. It does not appear to be an important vector of any human diseases.

The immature stable fly (maggot) can be found breeding in many kinds of moist, decaying organic matter, including animal bedding, lawn clippings, and compost. The variety of breeding sites, and the fact that the adults fly several miles to feed but spend little time on the host, make it difficult to manage stable flies. Little can be done except to use repellents and protective clothing. Specific techniques have been developed for managing stable flies in confined livestock operations. These are especially important if the livestock operation is serving as a source of stable flies for nearby residential areas.
But if it's a stable fly, or a deer fly, or any other kind of "biting fly", it's NOT a house fly!

From the University of Rhode Island:

The mouth parts of the house fly are adapted for sponging up liquids. They cannot bite. Flies ingest only liquid food; they feed on solid food by regurgitating saliva onto it. The saliva liquefies the solid material, which is then sponged up with the proboscis.
If something that looks like a house fly bites you, then it's not a house fly. Period.

It's an easy (if painful) way to tell the difference!

And considering everyone's saying that these swarms of flies aren't biting, I think we can establish that they're not in the family of "biting flies".

From your own link: http://www.ext.colostate.edu/pubs/insect/05502.html

To digest solid foods, house flies liquefy food by regurgitating it.
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Old 05-19-2013, 12:13 PM   #223
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We also noticed it! I just assumed it was because it rained so much the week before and then got hot. They didn't seem as bad when we first got there and it was cooler, we noticed it most last Thurs. and then thru the weekend.
I thought the same thing about the rain and heat causing it when we were there earlier this month. We get a few biting before the afternoon rain, which was my early warning sign of rain.
They were even inside POFQ food court - took twice as long to eat as I needed to keep waiving my hand to keep them off my food.
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Old 05-19-2013, 02:43 PM   #224
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Yes so many flies!

I agree! We just got back(May 2013) and there were TONS of flies. No mosquitos though which was great.

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Old 05-19-2013, 03:01 PM   #225
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FWIW - they are either gone or seriously deminished.
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