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Tuesday, 30 September 2014

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Ulverston goes to war against plague of flies

A MYSTERIOUS plague of flies has left Ulverston buzzing with talk about the potential cause.

Nobody seems to know exactly what has led to the sudden increase in the winged pests, which have been driving residents mad for days.

People in Ulverston have been stockpiling supplies to battle the menace – with retailers selling hundreds of cans of fly spray and fly paper in a matter of days.

Fiona Boyd was staying at her parents’ house, in Church Walk, with husband Stephen and her two children when the problem became too much to bear.

The 40-year-old, who lives in Manchester, said: “We walked into the house and there was just a swarm of flies. My mum said they’ve been going through two cans of fly spray a day.”

She said the problem was all anyone could talk about when she went into Ulverston earlier in the week.

Mrs Boyd added: “It’s a health hazard. They’re on the work surfaces, they’re on the cooker, they’re on utensils, they’re trying to get into the fridge. It’s making mum ill.”

The problem is so widespread, she said, the town was running out of supplies to tackle the infestation.

Mrs Boyd said: “The first shop I went into, they’d sold out. The second shop, he’d sold out. The third was the same.”

Stuart Bennett, one of the owners of Ulverston pest control firm Pied Piper, said the warm weather may have contributed to the increase in the fly population.

He said: “If you’ve got pretty warm conditions the pupation stage will go quicker.”

He advised homeowners to take a number of steps to keep flies out. He said: “It comes down, in the end, to proofing – filling holes and using fly screens.”

The only people not complaining about the flies seem to be traders racking up sales of fly paper and insecticides.

Cut Price, in Market Street, took a large order of the products yesterday after selling around 200 packs of fly paper – and almost as many cans of spray – in a matter of days.

A spokesman for the store said: “We have been inundated. These last 10 days we cannot keep enough fly spray.”

The common housefly’s life cycle begins when a female finds a suitable location for laying her eggs. The eggs hatch after 24 hours and the larvae – commonly referred to as maggots – begin feeding. They eat for four days before metamorphosing.

Following the larval phase, maggots migrate to find dryer, dark locations within which to pupate. During this phase, they undergo a complete transformation, sprouting three pairs of legs and a pair of wings.

When the housefly emerges after four days of transformation, it will be fully formed. Within 36 hours, females can reproduce.

Have your say

Plenty of Flypaper on E-Bay, 99p for an 8 pack.

Posted by Ulverston Fella on 30 July 2013 at 16:05

There is one plus side to all these flies... they can eat all the dog muck left by irresponsible dog owners! Maybe that's why there's so many flies?

Posted by Mrs Ann Gry on 30 July 2013 at 10:58

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