Rentokil issues warning for flies this summer in Ireland

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Rentokil is warning the public in the Republic of Ireland of an increased threat of flies this summer as it recorded an 16% increase in callouts in the period between January to July 2022, when compared to the same period a year ago.

The top five counties which have accounted for fly infestations during the period of January to July 2022 are: Cork (which accounted for 18% of callouts), Kerry (15%), Sligo (14%), Galway (11%) and Mayo (9%).

Richard Faulkner, advanced technical field consultant at Rentokil, said: “Summer is the traditional period when flies breed and spread so it is important that the public are aware of the increased activity from these insects.

“Flies can pose the threat of contaminating food or spreading so it is important to ensure that all food in your premises is covered and stored correctly and not left out in the open.”

Mr Faulkner said the most effective methods to employ are fitting fly screens to doors and windows, and utilising an LED fly killer unit.

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