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Thursday, 24 July 2014

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Plague of flies making Cumbrian officer workers' lives a misery

Swarms of flies are infesting offices on a Carlisle industrial estate and making the lives of staff a misery.

Workers on the Rockliffe Industrial Estate have called in environment officers after finding the insects crawling over their desks, blinds, phones and even up their legs.

The Environment Agency confirmed it is investigating the problem after a series of complaints.

One of the businesses worst affected is Andidrain, which has about six office staff based in portable buildings. They say they have to disinfect their desks every morning because they are littered with dead flies, keep coffee cups covered with cardboard to stop them falling in and fight them off while eating lunch.

The firm, which specialises in drain clearance and sewerage services, has even brought in electric fly-killing lamps to try to stop the infestation, but say they fill up daily.

Team member Dawn Harmse said: “It’s in the last month that it’s become a problem. When you come in you find them dead everywhere.

“Then as the day goes on they come back in force – it’s non-stop.”

“We have fly swatters but we cannot control the situation. They are crawling over us, our computers, the blinds, the desks and it is not a pleasant atmosphere to work in.”

Sheila Eccles, who works for another business on the estate, said their offices are also infested. On Monday they cleaned up the dead flies from the weekend and filled an entire tray.

She said they are using fly sprays to try and kill them but they keep coming back.

“The flies are just getting everyone down. They are all over your computer screen and you can feel them crawling up your legs,” she said.

“It may sound like just a few flies but the numbers are huge and it goes on all day.

“It’s not until you have to live with it that you realise how much it affects morale.”

Environment officer Ruth Evans visited the estate on Tuesday to listen to concerns.

She said: “The Environment Agency is investigating a number of complaints with regard to fly and other issues at Rockcliffe Industrial Estate.

“We understand the concerns of residents and businesses, and met business representatives and the parish council to find ways to resolve the issues.”

It has been widely reported that the recent humid weather has led to an increase in fly numbers nationally.

But Mrs Harmse said: “Normally at this time of the year we do have more flies but this year we’re being plagued.

“We’ve been told that there is a problem this year, but if this is the case then why don’t we have the same problem when we’re not at work?”

Have your say

ive read all the letters, really there isnt much you can do about it. yes its the way of life its the country. mechanical devise would be ideal thing.

Posted by Clive Gray harraby resident on 23 July 2010 at 14:22

alan: seagul muck wont help the matter, but its rotten waste that attracts them - the refuge tip is ideal. they veture from there looking for new sites, which is why them offices have a problem.

the seagul muck needs reporting to environmental health - its full of bacteria, and i understand its a danger to anyone with respiratory probs.

Posted by ray on 18 July 2010 at 22:57

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