You catch a glimpse of a motion out of the corner of your eye or maybe it is a telltale buzzing sound. Either way, you know there’s a problem – you have a flying pest in your Knoxville home and need to hunt it down. Or perhaps you just want to skip to the part where you contact us, your flying pest exterminating experts.

Flying pests can range from flies to bees to moths, Each species has its own disastrous direction it will go all over your home if they gain a foothold.

There are a number of various kinds of flying pests; what you discover in your neighborhood may be immensely different from what family or friends in other neighborhoods might encounter in their household. If you have no clue which type of flying pest you are up against, please make use of our free pest identification service – at Bulwark Exterminating we’re delighted to help you determine without a doubt what kind of trespasser you are up against!

As a resource, we’ve provided a list of specific varieties of flying pests that Bulwark Exterminating technicians encounter in the Knoxville area.


Blow Flies – Do you recall a crime program where they use insects to determine how long the person has been dead? Blow flies are one of those insects that is generally used in that process. This is due to their fundamental role in the process of decomposing departed animals. In spite of being on the small side compared to other flies, they do make a tumultuous buzzing noise. If you come across a group of them, you can count on there being a deceased animal in the vicinity, possibly in your wall or crawlspace if you find them indoors. Because they feast on decomposing material and animal feces, these are critters you don’t want sharing your household because they are flying heaps of contaminants.


Carpenter Bees – One of the most devious flying pests you’ll ever encounter is the Carpenter Bee. These pests are sneaky because most of the damage they may do to your house is concealed from view. Their name is derived from their choice of home for incubating their young – they bore a single, small hole into wood and create several chambers, one for each egg. Multiple bees may actually work together all out of the same opening, creating channels deep into your home. Fortunately, they do leave a trail because they don’t consume the wood but create a pile of sawdust outside the hole which may be more apparent than the hole itself. Also, Carpenter Bees don’t have stingers, so while they may try to frighten you away from their home they aren’t able to actually harm you.


Flesh Flies – These flies spend their lives in, on and around decomposing animal matter and dung. They are bigger than the average fly and you’ll notice they have what looks like a checkerboard pattern on top of their bodies. Flesh Flies are tumultuous, and you will tend to find them around decaying organic material outdoors. Simply putyou could find them in your trash bin or compost pile, while indoors the presence of these pests possibly indicates a dead animal somewhere in your home.


Horseflies – These flies are known for their bite, but few don’t realize that only the female horseflies bite. The males feed on vegetation. That should not minimize the devastation Horseflies can accomplish, particularly in big numbers. While their bite can be a mild nuisance to humans, it very easily terrifies livestock – repeated bites from this species might result in members of a herd losing a significant amount of blood and these animals may harm themselves in effort to flee a swarm of horseflies. You’ll know them by their size! At a wingspan of two inches they’re larger than almost any other type of fly you’ll stumble upon in the United States.


House Flies – Don’t let their familiar name dupe you, House Flies are not a pest that should be taken lightly. While this species is the one most frequently spotted around humans, their presence is not a welcome one! These pests are adept at tossing along as many as 100 different variations of pathogens. Once in your home, these pests can replicate quickly… one female House Fly has been listed laying 2,400 eggs. You’ll find them replicating around any damp organic material that is decomposing, even yard clippings.


Indian Meal Moths – How rough can a moth plague be? They don’t seem surprisingly threatening and they don’t bite. This unique species won’t even destroy your clothes. Sadly, it does desire processed food – they nourish on, infest and lay their eggs there. The females lay eggs at night and may produce as many as eight generations of 400 eggs each over the period of one year!


Mud Daubers – These wasps are mostly black and yellow, but every now and then have a metallic blue coloring. They earn their name from how they construct their nests. They actually create their nests from blobs of mud. These nests may be detected in attics of houses, in eaves or under bridges.



Umbrella Wasps – These wasps don’t appear like an umbrella. In fact, they appear quite like what you would think a wasp to look like – yellow and black, oftentimes with variations of orange, red or brown mixed in. The Umbrella Wasp name derives from the method they create their nests, which generally simulates an upside-down umbrella. These nests are generally found on a horizontal surface inside attics or below eaves and are fashioned out of a thin substance that resembles paper. Give these pests a wide berth as the Umbrella Wasp brings a powerful sting.


Velvet Ants – When is an ant not an ant? When it is a wasp! Velvet Ants are really wasps, yet they get their name from their similar resemblance to ants. They are more sizable than ants, growing up to an inch long, and are surprisingly brightly colored. Generally, they’ll just possess red or yellow hair or sometimes it’ll be a combination. Velvet Ants also have a potent sting – so potent it has been known to kill livestock!


Webbing Clothes Moth – This pest is the greatest virulent destroyer of clothing among prevalent household pests. The Webbing Clothes Moth is not excessively large, however it is fond to feed on and when it eats it tries for wool or other fabric fashioned from animal hair. They will even go for cotton and may even damage synthetic fabrics. In conclusion, your clothes are not safe from these categories of moths. You have to confront an issue with the Webbing Clothes Moth hastily because their eggs induce within a small number of days and their population can grow quickly.

Yellow Jacket – A lot of people are familiar with this wasp – its unique yellow and black pattern are quite familiar. Each species of yellow jacket actually has its own original designation of the yellow and black markings.These pests are particularly dangerous because their colonies increase to large numbers and they are one of the most aggressive types of wasps you’ll cross paths with.

These pests are just a selection of what you might confront at your Knoxville household. Bulwark Exterminating is waiting to help you deal with whatever challenges Mother Nature tosses your direction because we want you to be protected and snug in your household. Just provide us a call at (865) 320-9022 or contact us online to recognize how a Bulwark Exterminating exterminator can eradicate the pests that are occupying your household.