Eagle Grove residents say they are fed up with flies swarming their town.Springtime flies are not uncommon in rural communities, but a recent swarm is causing shortages of flypaper and fly swatters.Dan McCart, a lifelong Eagle Grove resident, said he has never seen so many flies in town. “We swat flies from the time we get out of bed until we fall asleep in bed,” McCart said. “Seriously, they’re everywhere.”Ben Franklin manager Nancy Schnell said her store is running out of supplies to help residents deal with the nuisance. “We’re selling fly swatters and fly strips, and people keep asking for fly spray, and we do not have any fly spray,” Schnell said. “It’s gone.” McCart said his search for fly solutions ended 30 miles outside of Eagle Grove.“We went out of town 30 miles, and we bought ten fly swatters when we finally found ’em and we use just about every one of ’em every day,” McCart said.Eagle Grove Mayor Sandy McGrath said outdoor spraying is not effective and the city is reaching out to entomologists and local companies to determine the source of the flies.

EAGLE GROVE, Iowa — Eagle Grove residents say they are fed up with flies swarming their town.Springtime flies are not uncommon in rural communities, but a recent swarm is causing shortages of flypaper and fly swatters.
Dan McCart, a lifelong Eagle Grove resident, said he has never seen so many flies in town. “We swat flies from the time we get out of bed until we fall asleep in bed,” McCart said. “Seriously, they’re everywhere.”Ben Franklin manager Nancy Schnell said her store is running out of supplies to help residents deal with the nuisance. “We’re selling fly swatters and fly strips, and people keep asking for fly spray, and we do not have any fly spray,” Schnell said. “It’s gone.” McCart said his search for fly solutions ended 30 miles outside of Eagle Grove.“We went out of town 30 miles, and we bought ten fly swatters when we finally found ’em and we use just about every one of ’em every day,” McCart said.Eagle Grove Mayor Sandy McGrath said outdoor spraying is not effective and the city is reaching out to entomologists and local companies to determine the source of the flies.