Kerry County Council has admitted works it carried out at a landfill is responsible for a sudden spike in the fly population in the area of Stacks Mountains, but is denying responsibility for a plague of flies in the town of Tralee.
The large landfill is 18km north of Tralee, and flies would not travel such a distance, a council spokesman said yesterday amid complaints from food businesses in Tralee.
Tralee councillor Cathal Foley said businesses were unable to contain the infestation of flies and they had lost a considerable amount of money due to throwing out food. He is seeking a detailed report from the council on the fly infestation caused by the works at the landfill site.
Last week, the council stepped up insecticide and covering operations at Muingnaminnane after heavy machinery involved in filling over a cell or full rubbish hole disturbed a layer nearest the household waste and “turned up” layers of fly eggs and pupae which hatched and matured quickly in the fine weather.
Infesting houses, the flies were described as large and brown in colour in some cases.
The council immediately owned up to the fly plague last weekend. The heavy machinery over the cell turned up the soil “and there was an infestation in the area around the landfill”, a spokesman said.
The warm weather was providing “perfect breeding conditions for flies”.
To an effort to contain the flies, the council quickly sealed the cell with half a metre of top soil and rubble and used extra doses of insecticide.
However, it was not responsible for the flies in Tralee, the council insisted yesterday.
A council spokesman yesterday said they were now being blamed for flies on Derrymore beach on the Dingle peninsula and in Killarney.
It seemed to be the case there was an increase in flies in the county, but the landfill could not be held responsible for flies beyond the Muingnaminnane site, the spokesman added.
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