Investigations into fly infestation found no unusual conditions at waste management facility

Officials investigating the large numbers of flies plaguing Shetland in recent days have found no unusual conditions at the Gremista waste management facility. 

The SIC’s environmental health service said it had received “a number of calls” from  the public about the problem, which had likely been heightened by the recent warm weather.

However the service said no single source of the problem had been identified and there were no unusual conditions at the waste facility. 

The flies had become such a problem over the weekend that a café was forced to close to the public. 

The environmental health service has encouraged food outlets to be attentive to the presence of flies, especially given the need to maintain good ventilation due to Covid-19.

“The best advice is to keep all foodstuffs covered and make sure all food and organic waste is disposed of in a lidded bin,” it added.


Add Your Comment

Add Your Comment

Please note, it is the policy of The Shetland Times to publish comments and letters from named individuals only. Both forename and surname are required.

Comments are moderated. Contributors must observe normal standards of decency and tolerance for the opinions of others.

The views expressed are those of contributors and not of The Shetland Times.

The Shetland Times reserves the right to decline or remove any contribution without notice or stating reason.

Comments are limited to 200 words but please email longer articles or letters to for consideration and include a daytime telephone number and your address. If emailing information in confidence please put "Not for publication" in both the subject line and at the top of the main message.

200 words left

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


Get Latest News in Your Inbox

Join the The Shetland Times mailing list to get one daily email update at midday on what's happening in Shetland.