Fly swarm forces pub to call in swat team

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Front Page - by Michael DeFroand mde­froand@thek­m­group.co.uk

A VIL­LAGE is re­cov­er­ing af­ter be­ing hit by an in­va­sion of flies.

The proble in pic­turesque Ap­ple­dore was so bad on Sun­day that the Black Lion pub was forced to close.

Land­lord Ray­mond Cot­ting­ham said: “We had to close and we had the place fu­mi­gated.

“One lady said she had more than 500 flies in her house!”

Mr Cot­ting­ham has since spent nearly £1,000 to buy an air cur­tain – a down draught in­sect de­ter­rent – based purely on Sun­day’s ex­pe­ri­ence.

He added: “I have been here 15 years and I have never known a prob­lem like Sun­day’s.”

David Richards, owner of Ap­ple­dore vil­lage store said: “It has been bad. We have had to wrap ev­ery sin­gle thing that isn’t al­ready wrapped.

“I have a neon light, which nor­mally is very ef­fec­tive, but for some rea­son they don’t go near it.

“I have put the old fly strips up and they work.”

The rea­son for the sud­den swarm is un­known though some sus­pect that re­cent muck-spread­ing might be the an­swer.

Parish coun­cil chair­man Frances Smith isn’t so sure, say­ing: “They are small black flies, quite dopey and easy to swat. “They are not dung flies.” Ap­ple­dore res­i­dent Alexan­dra Cow­ell said: “My house was ab­so­lutely filled with them.

“Peo­ple were talk­ing about it in the shop on Mon­day. Busi­nesses may be af­fected and times are tough as it is.”

Dean Spurrell, spokesman for Ash­ford Bor­ough Coun­cil, con­firmed that they had re­ceived one com­plaint from the vil­lage and that En­vi­ron­men­tal Health of­fi­cers in­tend mak­ing in­quiries to try and de­ter­mine the cause.

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