ABC: Booming fly population making life difficult on outback stations


Dec 12, 2018
Cattle producers in Central Australia say the fly population there has exploded in the past few months, making working outside almost unbearable.

Pastoralists are begrudgingly starting to buy fly nets for the first time, a bush fashion faux pas normally associated with overseas tourists visiting the outback.

At Aileron Station, about 135 kilometres north of Alice Springs, manager Sarah Cook said the sheer number of flies made it difficult to work outside.

"The flies have been horrendous and so thick," she said.

"You can't talk, you can't breathe with your mouth open, you have to cover your ears in case they get in your ear hole — it's just horrendous."