Make sure you can tackle fly problems

Insect nuisance is recognised under the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005, giving local authorities the power to inspect premises and issue abatement notices for non-compliance where they deem a statutory nuisance is being caused. Once an abatement notice has been issued the timescale for appeal is just twenty one days leaving very little time for a successful appeal to be made.

In the event of an abatement notice not being successfully appealed or complied with, prosecution will follow which can carry with it a hefty fine of up to £20,000. There are instances where local authorities have gone down this route and have successfully won their cases levying the maximum fine against farmers. Recent successful prosecutions have given local authorities the confidence they need to pursue cases of nuisance with more vigour.

Once a local authority has shown interest in a particular premise it seems they tend to keep that premises on their radar. In the event of planning consent being required for additional works or site expansion this will be much more difficult to obtain once a site has created a statutory nuisance.

In addition to being required by law to rid a premises of flies there are countless other reasons to do so. The fly harbours and can transmit in excess of 100 diseases including salmonella. This is particularly problematic for the farm as it is a perfect habitat for the fly. Deep pit free range poultry houses, indoor pig units, dairy units, calf pens and slurry store provide conditions which enables the fly to thrive.

As flies are able to quickly spread disease it is essential that fly problems are controlled quickly. Flies cannot feed on solid matter and need to regurgitate their last meal with an enzyme to liquefy their food. It is this process that carries and spreads disease. Approximately 70 of the diseases flies carry are zoonotic (a disease that normally exists in animals but that can infect humans).

Flies can cause a large cost to the farmer, they are particularly attracted to eyes, teats and open wounds of animals as well as animal feed. They cause fly specks on eggs and it has been proven that flies cause a marked reduction in egg production. It is also confirmed that flies will lead to a reduction in milk yield and meat production because of the stress they can cause to animals. Additionally it can cause animals to become distracted from grazing. Fly problems can be costly.

In order to tackle these issues Lodi UK have organised an evening at Cotleigh Brewery on the 06/02/2014 at 7pm. Leading professionals in various sectors of the industry are getting together to provide advice on how to overcome these government regulations and rid farms of fly problems. Leading pest controllers and fly experts will be attending the event to provide professional advice and answer all of your queries. Entry to the event is free and includes a brewery tour, food and drink. Lodi UK are able to offer the total protection package which includes an on farm fly service, entomology service, technical advice as well as the leading products on the market to solve the problem which includes Perbio, Sheila, Twenty-One and Maggots.

Did you know?

Flies have a smelling distance of over 750 yards.

A fly’s feeding range is usually limited to two miles.

A single garbage can, if not emptied, can be the breeding ground for 30,000 flies.

During warm weather, a fly can produce a family generation in less than two weeks.

Flies are also dormant in the winter which means that the same diseases can be carried over one year to another

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