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Kailuan’s fly problems originate from pet waste

By June Watanabe

POSTED: 01:30 a.m. HST, Feb 28, 2014

~~<p><strong>QUESTION</strong>: We have lived in Kailua for 40 years, but now have a major fly problem that's been escalating for well over two years. At any given time, I can stand in my front yard and count 15 flies on one leg alone, if not more. We do have pets, but have always had pets; also, we pick up after them daily. Pest control companies cannot help without a known source. We have tried bait traps, but they do not make a dent in the number of flies. We have tried hanging zip-close bags with water and pennies in them, growing basil, spraying soap sprays. We even had our sewer pipes checked to make sure the flies were not attracted to underground leaks. Because we have pets and children, harsh chemicals and pesticides are not an option. I have spoken to close neighbors and other families in Kailua, and they all have a fly problem. Our tree trimmer says that he encounters flies at just about every home he works at in Kailua. I have even heard our town referred to as &quot;Flylua.&quot; I contacted the University of Hawaii last May and sent samples but never heard back; I contacted the Department of Health and was told that they only deal with rats. Is there an entity/agency that might be able to help?</p>
<p><strong>ANSWER</strong>: The state Department of Health was hit hard by budget cuts and layoffs in 2009, so much so that there now is only one person available to do fieldwork on vector complaints for the entire island of Oahu.</p>
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QUESTION: We have lived in Kailua for 40 years, but now have a major fly problem that's been escalating for well over two years. At any given time, I can stand in my front yard and count 15 flies on one leg alone, if not more. We do have pets, but have always had pets; also, we pick up after them daily. Pest control companies cannot help without a known source. We have tried bait traps, but they do not make a dent in the number of flies. We have tried hanging zip-close bags with water and pennies in them, growing basil, spraying soap sprays. We even had our sewer pipes checked to make sure the flies were not attracted to underground leaks. Because we have pets and children, harsh chemicals and pesticides are not an option. I have spoken to close neighbors and other families in Kailua, and they all have a fly problem. Our tree trimmer says that he encounters flies at just about every home he works at in Kailua. I have even heard our town referred to as "Flylua." I contacted the University of Hawaii last May and sent samples but never heard back; I contacted the Department of Health and was told that they only deal with rats. Is there an entity/agency that might be able to help?

ANSWER: The state Department of Health was hit hard by budget cuts and layoffs in 2009, so much so that there now is only one person available to do fieldwork on vector complaints for the entire island of Oahu. Login for more...



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