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Been reading in the news about huge plagues of flies around the country?

I've seen on the news about various villages being overun with flies - sounds utterly horrid doesn't it.

If you have problems with a lot of flies it could be because there's something they consider yummy in your garden. Check out the garden - check the compost heap hasn't got a major problem - a few flies is normal - cover veggies and fruit witha layer of grass clippings as I've found this stops any problem.

If you have a huge fly problem and can't find anything obvious, ask the neighbours and then get in touch with the environmental health at your local council and they'll be able to help you more.

You could try fly sprays but I think they're expensive and quite revolting (Can be very bad for other creatures which are beneficial) and if you remove the problem causing the flies they'll go away.

The BBC has a story from 2004 -

News - UK 'to be hit by plague of flies'

Dr Dave Goulson led the four-year study at a dozen landfill sites, which were plagued by flies every summer.
30 Sep 2004

Dr Goulson says fly numbers could be cut by composting waste like kitchen scraps and garden clippings, instead of sending it to landfill, where it provides rich food for flies.

It now looks like flies are on the increase - Dr Goulson suggests the warm winters are partly to blame - "Traditionally, the cold British winter killed off most insects and it took them until well into the spring to recover their numbers, but milder weather has seriously affected this cycle."

This sounds - and from the TV footage I've seen - looks utterly gross.

What else can be to blame?

Several stories blame farms poor hygiene.

How do other countries cope?


News - Council probes town's fly plague

An investigation is launched into what has caused a swarm of flies to descend on a North Yorkshire town..
5 Jun 2005

Northern Ireland - Voices

Those little flies that plague you in the country lanes during summer.

News - Fly infestation plagues village

An infestation of flies is plaguing a village in Kent and has already caused pubs to shut..
13 Aug 2003

News - Probe at village plagued by flies

A plague of flies infests an Oxfordshire village, forcing a primary school to close its kitchens.. More than 30 homes in Crowmarsh Gifford, near Wallingford, have been plagued by the outbreak.
16 Sep 2005


News - Plague of flies hits villagers

Environmental health chiefs believe a swarm of flies is linked to the hot weather and a local egg farm..
13 Aug 2003

News - No flies on Glenrothes residents

Experts are drafted in to help fight the problem of a plague of flies in Glenrothes..
21 Apr 2006

News - Farm family 'blamed for flies'

A farming family blamed for a plague of flies say they have received abusive phone calls and letters.. Two pubs in the village had to close because of the number of flies in the bars.
16 Aug 2003

News - Fly plague blights village

Farming practices and the heatwave are blamed for a swarm of flies, laying siege to a Wiltshire village.. The flies come to the area every year - but never before in such extreme numbers.
13 Aug 2003



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