Swarms of flies infest homes as 'Saharan Bubble' heatwave creates perfect breeding conditions

THE Saharan bubble heatwave has sparked a huge FLY infestation – with the 33C scorcher bringing 'perfect' breeding conditions.

The critters have been found hiding in kettles, toilet bowls, and even cups of tea.

Fed-up families have even been forced to eat their dinners covered with giant NETS.

A 2,000-mile wide block of hot air is engulfing all of Europe, bringing high temperatures and storms right across the continent – but it will finally provide hot sunshine later this week.

The muggy conditions are perfect for flies to breed.

The problem is centralised in Avonmouth, Somerset, but people in nearby Shirehampton, Lawrence Weston and Hallen have also been affected.


Avonmouth resident Liesl Oliver said is is impossible to live a normal life with the flies swarming around.

She fumed: "You try and cook? They are there. Try and relax on an evening, they are landing on you constantly. Try and sleep? They are there.

"If I'm not working, my days off are cleaning, bleaching everything, don't know why I do this though because you could have the cleanest of houses and you're still affected by them.

"They make you feel dirty."

Heather Duncan blasted: "It's horrendous.

"As residents we cannot have our doors or windows open for fear of being invaded by the flies. Mealtimes are worse, trying to cook and serve food.

How to deal with flies

FLY infestations can ruin your day – here's our top tips for getting rid of them.

  • Hang fly paper
  • Leave out trays of vinegar and dish soap covered in plastic wrap
  • Buy a fly zapper
  • Buy basil plants – flies hate the smell
  • Hang bags of water outside
  • Buy a venus fly trap

"I have to keep the windows and doors shut in the warm weather to stop them coming in.

"I have to hang that ghastly fly paper in my house and it's an unbearable living situation."

Council officer Dylan Davies said: "We are aware of a number of complaints of flies and have been investigating potential sources and monitoring fly numbers year on year across the city.

"There is unlikely to be one particular source but these will include a combination of domestic and commercial waste and facilities where these are processed together with the natural habitat and the flies' ability to reproduce quickly in favourable conditions such as during warm and wet conditions."

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