“They were all over the ceiling, all over the doors, flying around, on coffee cups … hundreds of them. My wife actually swallowed one of the flies, and that’s when we realised they were everywhere.”
Restaurant assistant manager Kiran Challa said regular spraying had not fixed the fly problem, and the building would be closed again on February 12 so that large parts of the ceiling could be replaced.
Auckland Council officials had investigated the McDonald’s twice, and had been satisfied that it was safe to continue serving food.
Entomologists said higher temperatures meant flies developed faster, and produced more generations. The increased moisture during La Nina meant more rotting matter, which was an important food source and a key ingredient in breeding.
The flies are attracted to food scraps in homes and also to humans’ sweaty hands which produce an acid they need. One inner-city dweller said fruit flies were camping out in his kitchen as if it was a holiday camp, but a good glug of bleach down the drainpipes and some 24-hour spray had sorted out their numbers.
La Nina’s warmer conditions and northeasterly breezes were also responsible for the swarms of minuscule jellyfish on Auckland’s east coast beaches. The tiny larvae thrived when the city’s sheltered coastal waters reached around 20C.
Story from NZHerald.co.nz
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on 11/02/2012 8:41am
No problems with flies down here, come to Dunedin to enjoy a pest free lunch!
on 11/02/2012 3:29am
Would the same humid weather that the flies enjoy, also attract ants to go indoors? because this summer, there has been a constant flow of ants, coming out of the ceiling raiding the kitchen 24/7.
on 11/02/2012 12:02am
Plenty of flies and rats & seagulls about Rata St, near the intersection of Great north Road. Rubbish spread about for all to look at while driving past. Delta Avenue not much better for rubbish. Lack of rubbish collections not helping too.
on 10/02/2012 10:32pm
And all this time I had been blaming our slightly whiffy old dog.