Residents frustrated as swarms of flies invade Eagle Grove – KCCI Des Moines

KCCI 8 NEWS AT 6 AN EAGLE GROVE. THE SPRING SWING HAS COME TO MEAN SWATTING FLIES. YEAH RAMP PEOPLE WHO LIVE THERE SAY SWARMS OF FLIES FILL THE AIR AND GET INSIDE THEIR HOMES NEW AT 6 CASEY CHE ALEXANDRA. MULLENBECK IS AN EAGLE GROVE WHERE SUPPLIES TO CATCH THE OR RUNNING OUT. FLIGHTS ALWAYS SHOW UP INTO SPRINGTIME IN RURAL COMMUNITIES, BUT PEOPLE WHO LIVE IN EAGLE GROVE. A THIS YEAR HAS BEEN UNLIKE ANYTHING THEY HAVE SEEN AND STORES ARE RUNNING OUT OF FLY PAPER AND FLY SWATTERS. DENMARK CARD HAS SPENT HIS ENTIRE LIFE IN EAGLE GROVE. HE SAYS HE’S NEVER SPENT A HANGING THIS MUCH FLY PAPER AND SWATTING FLIES AROUND THE HOUSE WE SWAT FLIES FROM THE TIME WE GET OUT OF BED UNTIL WE FALL ASLEEP IN BED. SERIOUSLY THEY’RE EVERYWHERE. THAT SEEMS TO BE THE CONSENSUS AROUND TOWN. NO ONE CAN REMEMBER A SPRING WITH SO MANY FLIES, ESPECIALLY IN EARLY APRIL NANCY. SNELL SAYS STORES ARE RUNNING OUT OF SUPPLIES TO DEAL WITH THE NUISANCE URSULIN FLY SPOTTERS AND FLY STRIPS AND PEOPLE KEEP ASKING FOR SPRAY AND WE DO NOT HAVE ANY. SPRAY IT’S GONE. THE HUMBLE FLY SWATTER HAS TRULY BECOME ONE OF THE HOTTEST BUYS IN TOWN OR OUT OF TOWN AS WAS THE CASE WITH BIG ART. WE WENT OUT OF TOWN 30 MILES AND WE BOUGHT 10 FLY SWATTERS WHEN WE FINALLY FOUND THEM. AND WE USE JUST ABOUT EVERY ONE OF THEM EVERY DAY. THE MAYOR OF EAGLE GROVE SAYS OUTDOOR SPRING IS NOT REALLY EFFECTIVE. THE CITY IS REACHING OUT TO ENTOMOLOGISTS AND LOCAL COMPANIES TO TRY TO DETERMINE WHAT SOURCE OR SOURCES. MAY BE CAUSING THE PROBLEM IN EAGLE GROVE ANDREW MULLEN BACK KCCI 8 NEWS IOWA NEWS LEADER. IT’S TOO BAD. YOU CAN’T HEAR THE SOUNDS COMING FROM THE OTHER STUDIO REYA IS REALLY GROSSED OUT BY THIS NOW. WE CONTACTED IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY. THEY HAVE AN EXCELLENT ENTOMOLOGY DEPARTMENT THERE. WE WANTED SOME CLUES AS TO WHY THE FLIES APPEAR TO BE SO NUMEROUS THIS YEAR. WELL THE EXPERTS TELL US THEY HAVE NO CLEAR EXPLANATION, BUT THEY DO SAY THEY DON’T NORMALLY RECEIVE COMPLAINTS LIKE THIS UNTIL MAY OR JUNE. PEOPLE WELL, THIS IS NOT THE FIRST TIME EAGLE GROVE HAS BEEN INVADED BY FLIES. KCCI WAS THERE BACK IN MAY OF 2016 WHEN RESIDENTS SHOWED OUR REPORTERS THAT FLY PAPER THOSE ADHESIVE STRIPS JUST COVERED WITH FLIES AT THAT TIME.

Residents frustrated as swarms of flies invade Eagle Grove

Eagle Grove residents say they are fed up with flies swarming their town.Springtime flies are not uncommon in rural communities, but a recent swarm is causing shortages of flypaper and fly swatters.Dan McCart, a lifelong Eagle Grove resident, said he has never seen so many flies in town. “We swat flies from the time we get out of bed until we fall asleep in bed,” McCart said. “Seriously, they’re everywhere.”Ben Franklin manager Nancy Schnell said her store is running out of supplies to help residents deal with the nuisance. “We’re selling fly swatters and fly strips, and people keep asking for fly spray, and we do not have any fly spray,” Schnell said. “It’s gone.” McCart said his search for fly solutions ended 30 miles outside of Eagle Grove.”We went out of town 30 miles, and we bought ten fly swatters when we finally found ’em and we use just about every one of ’em every day,” McCart said.Eagle Grove Mayor Sandy McGrath said outdoor spraying is not effective and the city is reaching out to entomologists and local companies to determine the source of the flies.

Eagle Grove residents say they are fed up with flies swarming their town.

Springtime flies are not uncommon in rural communities, but a recent swarm is causing shortages of flypaper and fly swatters.

Dan McCart, a lifelong Eagle Grove resident, said he has never seen so many flies in town.

“We swat flies from the time we get out of bed until we fall asleep in bed,” McCart said. “Seriously, they’re everywhere.”

Ben Franklin manager Nancy Schnell said her store is running out of supplies to help residents deal with the nuisance.

“We’re selling fly swatters and fly strips, and people keep asking for fly spray, and we do not have any fly spray,” Schnell said. “It’s gone.”

McCart said his search for fly solutions ended 30 miles outside of Eagle Grove.

“We went out of town 30 miles, and we bought ten fly swatters when we finally found ’em and we use just about every one of ’em every day,” McCart said.

Eagle Grove Mayor Sandy McGrath said outdoor spraying is not effective and the city is reaching out to entomologists and local companies to determine the source of the flies.