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Neighbors of egg farm dealing with fly infestation in Turner

TURNER (WGME) -- People living in one Maine community say their lives are being ruined by flies.

There's an infestation in Turner and the town is trying to figure out how to best deal with the problem.

One family that lives in Turner calls their home a utopia. Lynne Barlow says she can't enjoy her beautiful view because there are too many flies buzzing around her property.

The Moark Egg Farm is about a mile down the road from  Barlow's home on General Turner Hill Rd. Several years ago, Moark started giving chicken manure to the person who owns farmland across the street from Barlow's home to grow corn. Manure breeds flies, and so the neighborhood has been dealing with hundreds, if not thousands of flies in the area every spring and summer.

Barlow and other neighbors took their concerns to the town on Monday, but the only thing that will really solve the problem is if the farmer stops using that manure.

"I'm not dissing the farmers and the farming industry, but gosh don't spread manure, hen manure, on my front lawn, that's all I ask," Barlow said.

The town is looking at ways to deal with the problem because they can't force the farmer to stop.

One option is for these neighbors to move but they say that wouldn't be fair to whoever would move in and inherit this fly problem.