WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- After fertilizing his field with chicken poo, farmer Andrei Savchenko’s village in Russia started being infested with a swarm of flies a week ago.
- In a viral video, the Lazorevy village was shown with piles of dead and near-dead flies that cover floors, tables and other surfaces inside the homes while swarms of flies amass on roads, yards and fields.
- Authorities have opened an investigation about whether illegal hazardous waste triggered the swarms.
According to local news, Russia’s ‘fly-pocalypse’ started when a farmer in the Sverdlovsk region reportedly fertilized his field with chicken poo.
A viral video taken by Channel One Russia on June 13 from the village of Lazorevy, showed piles of dead and near-dead flies cover floors, tables and other surfaces in the homes. while outside, swarms of flies amass on roads, yards and fields.
Locals told the network that the “plague” started when a farmer named Andrei Savchenko used tons of fertilizer made from chicken droppings in his field. The droppings may have contained millions of fly eggs.
In a terrifying scene in the video, a reporter cringes as a mass of flies erupts after he disturbed them while crawling on the dirt path. It created a cloud of buzzing insect bodies.
A resident said, he would sweep a bucketful of flies every morning.
“It’s unbearable. The flies are everywhere,” said another villager.
It was already a week now when the fly-pocalypse started in Lazorevy. Since then, the locals have turned to pesticides to temporarily control the flies. But they breed so fast, pesticides can only do so much.
Living with flying insects is horrifying enough, more so with the danger, it carries with them, including diseases. Residents are also worried that the prolonged use of chemicals to kill the flies could harm their health.
According to The Guardian, authorities already opened a criminal investigation to check if illegal use of hazardous waste could have triggered the swarms. But Savchenko insists that he is not responsible for it, saying that “flies have existed for millions of years and they are everywhere.”
Source: Live Science