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How to catch, get rid of and stop flies!

Fly infestations have of late been in the news, especially with the current fly plague which has hit parts of Paarl East and Klein Drakenstein.

Last week Paarl Post reported about the situation of swarms of flies in the area which have been making life very unpleasant for residents, in cases destroying fruit crops as well as becoming a health risk.

The good news for residents of Drakenstein however is that a campaign has been started by the Cape Winelands District Municipality’ Health Services (MHS) to stop the flies.

The MHS has embarked on a “stop flies” campaign in an effort to keep communities healthy by making sure that flies do not breed or have an opportunity to cause illness.

The success of the Stop Flies campaign is dependent on a number of factors.

“By ensuring that rubbish bins are kept closed at all times, that animal droppings and other waste are cleared daily, that food is correctly disposed of and that each home hangs a flycatcher or three will make a huge impact on the number of flies in the area.

However, the secret is that every household should do their bit,” said Ald (Dr) Helena von Schlicht, Executive Mayor of the CWDM.

The Environmental Health Practitioners of the CWDM will be visiting schools in the area to share information on how learners can make their own flycatchers.

The municipality is urging parents and citizens to keep their surroundings clean and free from smelly material such as animal droppings and litter. The CWDM will be distributing information via social and traditional media and through pamphlets and door-to-door visits to help educate communities on how to keep their homes and gardens fly-free.

The Stop Flies campaign is planned to run during the hottest part of the summer, especially as it is during this time that children and the elderly are susceptible to illnesses spread by flies, such as diarrhoea and dysentery.

Diarrhoea is highly contagious and can cause severe dehydration in young children and the elderly.

“By addressing the fly problem at the same time that our colleagues in Western Cape Government Health are running their diarrhoea season (also known as Paediatric Surge Season), we are hoping to make a tangible difference in the health and hygiene of our communities. Healthy communities are productive communities!” stated the Mayor.

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