From pandemic to plague: Wicklow residents warned of fly infestations as weather warms up
Just as we get our road map out of the Covid-19 pandemic along comes a warning to be on the lookout for a plague of flies this summer!
Rentokil is warning the public of expected increased levels of fly infestations during the coming the summer months as populations are expected to multiply at a faster rate due to the warm weather and the reduction in pollution due to less human activity.
The company is warning home and business owners to be aware of the health risk presented by the insects as flies can spread bacteria such as E. coli, salmonella, and campylobacter, which can lead to a range of illnesses in humans, one of the most common being diarrhoea.
The insects can spread these bacteria to humans when they land on our food.
The company believes that empty buildings belonging to businesses that have been shut down temporarily during the lockdown could also be particularly susceptible to fly infestations, as any organic waste or pools of water that have not been cleaned or disposed of will attract the insects.
“Flies are one of the most dangerous pests in terms of spreading bacteria and disease,” Richard Faulkner, Technical Field Consultant for Rentokil said.
“The insects will become much more common during the coming months, so we would encourage people to be on the lookout for the presence of flies in or near their homes or businesses, and to take action to guard against them.”