200 species of flies found in Chicago Burger King
Pest controllers in Chicago had their work cut out for them when a local branch of Burger King was found to have evidence of more than 200 species of flies on the premises.
Health inspectors who visited the restaurant, on the city's tough South Side, found the insects sticking to the establishment's walls and covering its ceilings, shelves and food storage area, as well as on its food supply boxes.
The restaurant - which was also found to have a wasp nest hanging over its rear exit - was closed down immediately by the inspectors, following their visit on Tuesday.
Chicago's head of sanitation and rodent control, Josie Cruz, said that the state of the restaurant's hygiene was "woefully inadequate" and it was pure luck that no one had yet suffered any adverse side effects that they knew of.
"We closed this location for the critical violation of inadequate pest control," she explained. "They won't be allowed to reopen until they clean and pest-proof their restaurant, revamp their pest control and housekeeping plans, and then pass a tough re-inspection."
An overflowing grease container was also found behind the restaurant, which had become a prime attraction for vermin and bugs.