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Fly Nuisance

Every year, the Environmental Health unit receives a variety of complaints about insects; mainly flies. The semi-rural location of South Bucks somewhat encourages flies to breed in large numbers due mainly to the prevalence of farmland, stables and egg producing units. Complaints about flies are mostly common during the warmer periods of the year; usually in the summer months, which biologically encourages flies to breed in large numbers. Farms and stables where animal husbandry exists provide large amounts of organic matter, such as manure, where flies can breed in large numbers. Concerns have also been raised regarding flies from a sewage/sludge activity located within Slough Borough Council. Of the various flies frequently seen within the South Bucks District, the most common are:

• The Common House Fly (Musca domestica)
• Lesser House Fly (Fannia canicularis)
• The Blow Fly (Calliphora sp)
• Aphids (Aphis gossypii) and Gnats (Sciara spp) 
• Black Fungus Gnats (Sciaridae)

Insects & Nuisance
Local Authorities now have a statutory duty to take reasonable steps to investigate complaints of fly nuisance. In 2006, the legislation dealing with nuisance as enshrined in the Environmental Protection Act 1990 was modified with the introduction of the Clean Neighbourhoods and Environment Act 2005. Section 101 of the 2005 Act allows section 79(1) of the Environmental Protection Act 1990 to add a new clause to the description of a statutory nuisance from insects.

To assist Local Authorities with establishing a statutory nuisance from flies, the Department for Environment Food and Rural Affairs published a guidance document - Statutory Nuisance from Insects and Artificial Light – in 2006. This document states that where five or more insects are present in a room, at any one time over three successive days, such a situation would require further detailed investigation by the local authority.

Reporting a fly problem
You may register a complaint with Environmental Health by completing our Nuisance reporting form. If you know the source, it is also advised that you make contact in the hope that the matter could be resolved informally. It is further advised that you place dated and labelled fly strips up in the rooms affected over for a 48hrs period, and to complete a fly nuisance log sheet form which can be found on our website. We recommend that you contact us to have your fly strips and log sheets collected or you may hand these over to the Council Offices.