For many years, the Shire of Gingin has been affected by large populations of the stable fly (Stomoxys calcitrans L.), particularly in the warmer weather, and their associated adverse effects on the lives of both humans and livestock. The bite from this fly can be quite painful and therefore has the potential to cause considerable distress. The stable fly problem is currently widespread throughout the Shire with many residents reporting large numbers of these flies on their property.
The Department of Agriculture has made an association between the use of poultry manure and the breeding of stable flies. Accordingly, the Health (Poultry Manure) Regulations 2001 (as amended) were enacted and are enforceable. In brief, the Regulations prohibit a person from storing, supplying, selling, transporting or using commercially-derived untreated poultry manure at any time.
Nuisance flies are commonly associated with manures and rotting vegetable matter. It is the landowner's responsibility to ensure adequate control measures are in place to prevent fly breeding.
The Shire of Gingin works closely with the Department of Health with a collective view to combating the problem.
Residents are encouraged to ensure that fly breeding does not occur on their properties and are urged to report any fly breeding or excessive fly numbers to Council's Pest Control Officer on 08 9575 2211.
The Shire would appreciate assistance in sourcing information that will enable more vigilance in the management of stable flies in the Shire of Gingin. Residents are asked to complete an electronic Stable Fly Notification Form Cattle and Animals or Human and Domestic (or print, complete and fax one of these forms - Cattle and Animals or Human and Domestic).
PLEASE PROVIDE INFORMATION DAILY OR AS OFTEN AS POSSIBLE TO HELP ALLEVIATE STABLE FLY INFESTATIONS.
For further information, persons are encouraged to contact the Department of Health on 08 9388 4999, or Council's Principal Environmental Health Officer on 08 9575 2211.
For more detailed information about Stable Flies, please visit the Stable Flies Action Group's (SFAG) website at www.stableflyactiongroup.org.au