The Environmental Health Team has been investigating renewed infestations of flies throughout the Wokingham and Arborfield area in particular.
The flies, identified as the Lesser House Fly, have been causing concern to residents whose homes have been invaded by these insects. Ongoing investigations have so far failed to identify the primary source which in this instance is likely to be rotting vegetation or manure.
The presence of numerous stables, farms, smallholdings and other agricultural activities within and beyond the Borough has made the task more difficult. The flies can migrate up to six miles from their point of origin and will settle wherever possible in shady and cooler locations and the insides of buildings in particular.
House holders and operators of food premises are advised to carry out all necessary hygiene precautions which may include;
- Bleaching of outside open drains and gullies
- Remove or relocate or all potential breeding matter such as accumulations of damp leaves, mulch and compost.
- Dispose of any animal / pet excrement.
- Removal or trimming back of vegetation from the immediate surrounds of property entrances.
- Keep refuse areas and containers as clean and tidy as possible.
It is anticipated that this problem will stop as suddenly as it began particularly if there is a downward turn in the local temperature levels. In the meantime the usual range of fly traps and sprays should also help in reducing the problem.