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My home is being invaded by flies - can the council do anything?

Some agricultural activities, particularly intensive chicken and livestock housing, may create the right breeding conditions for flies which can then become a nuisance to surrounding properties. Flies can be a statutory nuisance, though this involves locating the source of the problem and the issues giving rise to the problem - it can sometimes be a difficult case to prove. In these situations we will work with farmers to advise on fly management best practice.

In order to minimise flies in your home you should frequently clean drains, particularly near kitchens, and cover your waste bins to avoid providing ideal breeding conditions.  Insecticidal control using fly sprays ('knock down' sprays) are a good, almost instant, way of dealing with the problem.  Flypapers or fly screens can be effective for persistent problems.

You must cover any open food to avoid contamination by flies landing on it.

If you are bothered by persistent flies and believe you may know the source, fill in a nuisance report form on our Noise and other nuisances page.