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Flying insects driving Xintiandi buggy

FLYING insects are plaguing Xintiandi in the evening, and the property's management is trying to get rid of them.

Since the end of last month, stores near Taiping Lake as well as people going for a stroll in the area have been bugged by packs of flying insects.

The insects love to gather in light, making stores near the lake their biggest target.

"The insects covered the glass door, and we couldn't even do business," said a store owner surnamed Qi on Zizhong road.

"Customers were scared by the insect cluster, and wouldn't come in."

Passers-by said the insects were horrible, even flying into people's mouths if not shut tightly.

An old lady surnamed Huang, who lives in the area and strolls along the lake every evening, told Shanghai Daily that the insects look like larva pests. When grown up, she said, they will "look like mosquitoes."

Property management officials with Shui On Group said they are still looking for the source of the usually dense population of insects. Workers have sprayed pesticide every day, but the insects just come again the next day.

Store owners said they suspected that rag pickers sorted garbage deep in the greenery, giving the insects plenty to feed on. Property management officials, however, disagreed.

"We have security guards patrolling every evening," said the property management manager, who only defined himself as Tao.

"And now that the World Expo is going on in the city we even strengthened the inspection and patrolling, so rag pickers are impossible to enter the greenery area."

Shanghai Daily yesterday found a passageway in the central part of the greenery area near the lake that leads to an underground parking lot. The sewer in the parking lot was rather dirty and smelly. Insects flied around the sewer and flew through the entrance of the parking lot.

Officials with Shui On Group said they were not available yesterday evening for comment.


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