Commercial pollution complaints

Fly and insect nuisance

Insects can constitute a statutory nuisance when they are traceable to a commercial activity and when present in significant numbers which interferes with the comfort and enjoyment of one’s home.

The legislation only relates to insects emanating from relevant trade or business premises. It does not apply where the source of the problem is a domestic property.

Working out the source of nuisance can sometimes be a difficult and lengthy process, as flying insects can travel considerable distances.

Likely sources of insect nuisance include:

  • poultry houses / farms (buildings on agricultural land are not exempt)
  • sewage treatment works
  • manure / silage storage areas
  • animal housing
  • stagnant ditches and drains
  • landfill sites, refuse tips and waste transfer stations

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