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What's the buzz? Unfortunately, it's flies

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - Residents in Mission Beach are launching a campaign to deal with an annoying problem: flies. Overflowing trash cans from vacation rentals are driving the insects to the area.

Swing by any corner or café in Mission Beach, and you'll notice there's something bugging beachgoers.

"Flies are really aggressive, and they're bad in the warmer months," Olive Café owner Sarah Mattinson said.

Mattinson says the flies are bad now, and once the August and September heat hits, it'll get worse.

"It's really hard for us because we really want people to enjoy San Diego's weather and they can't sit outside. Or they're sitting there moving flies by," she said.

She's helped organize a Mission Beach task force to help fix the problem. The city even brought in a fly expert. They traced the problem back to the very people the flies are bothering.

"I've tried every different fly thing out there and nothing works. And finally they said the garbage is where they're breeding and coming from," Mattinson said.

Mission Beach is about as dense as it gets, and when vacationers leave town, they dump all their garbage, which usually has a lot of food. To make things worse, trash trucks only run once a week. Sarah pays a private service for extra pick-ups, but she's only one of a few. They'd like to see the city add a second pick up each week.

"We increase the police, lifeguard, everything. But we don't increase our trash pick-up. So for me it's common sense, it's like lets go and get more pick-ups," she said.

City Councilman Ed Harris says a second pick-up would be tough on the city, but it's not on the table. In the meantime they're sweeping alleyways, citing people that have overflowing trash, and getting the word out in a public awarEness campaign.

"We want to circle back in August, with all the stakeholders, and say where are we at? Is it better, is it the same, or is it worse? And then we need to act accordingly," he said.

Until then, businesses and beachgoers, will have to deal with the bugs.

"People can't sit outside and enjoy food, and that's the part that really affects me," Mattinson said.

The city says when it comes to residents who have overflowing trash, they first get a notice. If it continues, they're cited and a judge decides their punishment.

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