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Aug 18, 2013 4:44 AM

Unusual fly on old wooden boat.

Hello.

I have a 50 year old wooden boat (iroko & oak) and every August I find in the bathroom several, maybe 4 or 5, small flies about 5 mm long. They are not very active and easy to catch. The boat is in Turkish waters so nice and warm.

With a wooden boat one is always concerned about wood boring insects.

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    Aug 18, 2013 10:31 AM (in response to Tony)
    Re: Unusual fly on old wooden boat.

    Tony,

     

    These are moth flies, perhaps Clogmia albipunctata (also called drain flies).

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Psychodidae

     

    That link says they are mainly nocturnal, which I don't doubt; but I have also commonly seen them in the daytime (I remember them specifically in company toilets when I was working in Gabon).

     

    They do not pose a threat to your boat's timbers.

     

    Mike

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    Aug 18, 2013 6:51 PM (in response to Tony)
    Re: Unusual fly on old wooden boat.

    deffo drain fly, (owl midge) they thrive on decaying matter like the stuff in your outside drain from the kitchen sink.. go look at these areas. boiling water with a mild disenfectant will normally break their life cycle.

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