Fly infestations are on the rise in Ireland over the past three months
Rentokil has warned homeowners to be vigilant in protecting their homes against fly infestations following a 19% increase in callouts for the insects over the last three months, compared with the same period a year ago.
The company said that it expects callouts to continue to rise in the coming months as the temperature increases and the weather conditions improve. While flies are usually more of a summer pest and more numerous in warm weather, cluster flies in particular can become an issue for home or business owners as in colder weather they seek refuge in people’s homes.
The main threat which these insects pose is they spread bacteria such as E Coli, salmonella and other bacteria’s which can lead to a wide range of illnesses such in humans. The bacteria can spread easily when these flies come into contact with food.
According to Rentokil, the top 5 counties which have accounted for fly infestations during the period of November 2020 – January 2021 are: Dublin (29%), Kerry (25%), Galway (10%), Cork (6%) and Cavan (3%).
“Flies can pose the threat of contaminating food or spreading so it is important to ensure that all food in your premises is covered and stored correctly and not left out in the open,” Richard Faulkner, Advanced Technical Field Consultant for Rentokil said.
“Additionally, these insects can pose an annoyance when found in swarms as their collective excrement can cause a stench and stain fabrics and walls.
“Additionally, their presence can pose the threat of violating food or hygiene regulations for businesses. In terms of guarding against these pests, the most effective methods to employ are fitting fly screens to doors and windows, and utilising an LED fly killer unit, such as the Lumnia LED fly killer.”