Walsall homes plagued by thousands of flies

A fly infestation has hit Walsall with thousands of insects plaguing businesses and residents who are being forced to keep windows and doors shut.

Walsall Council has been called in to investigate the problem in Darlaston amid concerns the infestation is coming from the plastics recycling business run by Dharna Polymers in Darlaston Road.

Families in Darlaston claim they have suffered the invasion for the last two months. Dharna Polymers today said it had taken actions as requested by the council.

Residents in Johnson Road and the surrounding Wood Bank area have been affected. Some have been forced to seal windows and stop sitting outside.

Melanie Parton found 500 flies in her home in Johnson Road earlier in the week. The mother of five said: “We have had to have all the doors shut. I have got asthma and this is detrimental to me.

“We have never experienced anything like this before. When you are eating you are having to sit with a fly swatter in your hand and fork in the other.”

Councillor Zahid Ali, cabinet member for public health at Walsall Council, said: “The council has received complaints from residents concerning flies associated with a plastics recycling operation at Alma Works, Darlaston Road, Darlaston.

“Pollution control officers have visited the company. Dharna Polymers Ltd have responded positively by removing waste material stored on the external yard and engaged the services of a professional pest control company.

Saqub Malik, director of Dharna Polymers, said they had been requested to put measures in place and have followed them. “We have done everything we have been asked to do,” he said.