There are different types of flies found in Western Australia, including non-biting, biting, predatory, pollinating and parasitic. Besides being a nuisance, flies can also carry bacteria which cause food poisoning and other diseases. Flies can be a serious nuisance to humans and livestock.

Residents can prevent flies breeding in and around their home by taking some basic steps:

  • Make sure your mobile bin is clean and closed at all times;
  • Wrap all food scraps tightly and place them in the bin immediately;
  • Don't leave lawn clippings in heaps, rake them out thinly;
  • Dig any manures and fertilisers well into the soil;
  • Tightly wrap and dispose of any uneaten pet food; and
  • Keep poultry and pet areas clean at all times.

Stable Flies

Stable Flies, otherwise known as Biting Flies, are a particular concern in the City of Swan’s rural areas, as they bite warm-blooded animals such as horses, pets and other livestock.  

The City would like to remind horticulturists and livestock operators that stable fly is now a declared pest under the Biosecurity and Agriculture Management Act 2007 and subject to a management plan.  This places a number of new restrictions designed to minimise stable fly breeding.  These include;

  • Prohibiting the use of untreated poultry manure on agricultural land.
  • Requiring specific treatment processes for certain crop waste and residues.
  • Requiring specific livestock management practices with regards to feed and manure management.

For more information on stable fly and the requirements of the management plan or to report problems please go to the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development

Further information about the stable fly can also be found on the Stable Fly Action Group website.

What is the City doing to control this problem?

The City investigates all complaints regarding rubbish and general fly breeding.  With regards to stable fly the City works in partnership with the Department of Primary Industries and Regional Development to help promote the requirements of the management plan. It will assist in the investigation of reports of breaches of these requirements and has contributed resources to research projects into breeding and control strategies.