ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) - What's the buzz all about? Apparently flies--swarms of them.
The city says the weather is to blame for a sudden increase of flies in town and for the flight of fly strips flying off store shelves.
City officials say all the rain we have had lately after such a long dry spell is the reason all those flies are bugging you and the reason many people are showing up at local stores for supplies to get rid of them.
“The flies this summer have been outrageous,” Amy Grier said. “They're in the restaurants, in our homes, in our backyard. They're all over.”
Whether they are buzzing by or going in for a landing, all the flies in Albuquerque are nothing short of annoying.
“Flies, what they need to develop as they are immature, the larvae, they need organic materials,” said Paul Smith with Albuquerque’s Environmental Health Department. “So that could be manure or dog poop or grass clippings, something that is decaying or breaking down, but it needs to be moist.”
So, all that rain we needed so badly is the reason for these pesky flies.
“I think it is more pronounced this year because of the drought conditions we've been under for the last two to three years,” Smith said. “Now that we are getting significant rainfall, it's just kind of a shock to everyone.”
It is keeping stores like the Walgreens on Rio Grande Boulevard NW busy. The manager said he ordered an extra 60 fly swatters this week.
“We do have the fly tape and a lot of fly swatters,” said Anthony Garcia, the store manager. “We were out about a week ago, so we had to order some extras.”
They are flying off the shelves as residents try to keep themselves from flying off the handle over this irritating invasion.
“Isn’t that why we live in New Mexico? Not to have flies?” Grier said.
With the flies can come some health hazards.
They can spread food-borne illnesses, so it's best to keep that food covered if you're going to be outside.
The city also says it has seen an uptick in the number of mosquitoes around.
The fly and mosquito problems will ease up as it gets cooler and drier, possibly by early October.
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