imyeyes-banner-sqIn My EyesBy Edward B. Antonio

Fly infestations

There’s this news about fly infestation in Ormoc City, fellas.

A news release states that several barangays in Ormoc City have been hit by fly infestation since May 13, according to city health officials. Barangay Captain Emmanuel Mata said that Purok 1, 2, 3, and 4 in Catmon village were affected by the fly infestation. Families from this barangay reported that they have been suffering from diarrhea.

“Fly infestation generally occurs during harvest (time of poultries)… Some flies start to come in and lay eggs on the chicken manure. As a form of mitigating measure, the owner or caretaker automatically apply pesticides or insecticides to kill fly eggs and larvae and prevent fly infestation,” Ormoc ENRO head Rafael Junnar Dumalan said.

Now, this is the more interesting portion.

Ormoc City Mayor Richard Gomez, who recently won reelection, has sent warning letters to Rovins-1 Poultry in Catmon village on Wednesday, May 22, containing recommended actions against fly infestation and foul odor that pose health risks to residents.

Dumalan gave Vinluan, the owner of the errant poulty, a notice to comply and to immediately “harvest the remaining chickens and apply pesticide through fogging.”

“If they cannot comply within the specified time, they will be ordered to be closed down for health and sanitation reasons,” Gomez said. “We protect your business, but we also have to protect our community…. You want this business. You know your parameters. You know your duties and responsibilities.

“If they cannot comply within the specified time, they will be ordered to be close down for health and sanitation reasons,” Gomez told Rappler.

This can happen because Gomez has a political will.

I admire Gomez for looking into the welfare of his people first before the welfare of these poultry owners. If he can be able to close these poultries as what he earlier said, he will win again in 2022.

House flies are not only dirty and deadly. They also irritate the skin once they start pestering you. You can’t even take a nap as they keep on bothering your sleep. I also heard of a family who have to eat under a mosquito net to prevent the flies from landing on their food.

What do house flies bring, fellas?

House flies are not the neatest of insects. They visit such places as dumps, sewers, and garbage heaps. They feed on fecal matter, discharges from wounds and sores, sputum, and all sorts of moist decaying matter such as spoiled fish, eggs and meat. House flies are strongly suspected of transmitting at least 65 diseases to humans, including typhoid fever, dysentery, cholera, poliomyelitis, yaws, anthrax, tularemia, leprosy and tuberculosis. Flies regurgitate and excrete wherever they come to rest and thereby mechanically transmit disease organisms.

House flies feed on attractive solid food by vomiting saliva on it. The saliva liquefies the solid material which is then sponged up with the proboscis. They require water since they are continually salivating and voiding liquids. Fly specks seen on many surfaces visited by house flies are the excreted wastes.

The eggs are deposited in decaying matter such as grass clippings, garbage, human and animal excrement. They feed on the material in which they find themselves.

House flies can cause a huge threat to businesses, especially those operating within the food industry. Compared to other pests such as rodents and cockroaches, flies are responsible for causing the highest number of staff illnesses. But why is this? Well, house flies (along with other species of filth flies) are known to spread a range of harmful diseases. The World Health Organization estimates that house flies are responsible for transmitting at least 65 diseases. These diseases can have an impact on both customer and staff health, resulting in damages to income, brand reputation and staff retention.

House flies are known to be responsible for spreading a range of diseases and infections. The WHO states that house flies are carriers of diarrheal diseases, skin and eye infections. Unlike other insects such as mosquitoes, house flies are not biting insects and are indirect rather than direct vectors of diseases. It has also been proven that house flies can transmit food-borne pathogens and their associated toxin and resistance.  Areas in close proximity to animal production sites are at higher risk of accumulating food borne diseases from flies.

House flies are known to carry and spread these diseases: cholera, conjunctivitis, dysentery, gastroenteritis, salmonellosis, tuberculosis and typhoid fever. They transmit this range due to their feeding and breeding habits. House flies will often feed on rotting or decaying matter, as well as human and animal feces. When a house fly feast upon an item of food infected with bacteria they accumulate the pathogen within their esophagus or digestive system. 

Why do I write about this thing about flies, fellas?

Because I am aware there are still some barangays in our province that are infested by flies whenever it’s harvest time. I hope the local government units (LGU), the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR), the Department of Health (DOH) and the provincial government can do something about it.

Nobody likes to be infested by flies, even these poultry or piggery owners, fellas.

We all want to live in a peaceful and clean environment, right?