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Fly plague in Ditchling is like scene from book as pests return
Who said children’s tales can’t come true?
In a scene reminiscent of the popular children’s book Giant Jam Sandwich, Ditchling is abuzz with talk of a plague of flies.
Much like the book – a rhyming story about the fictional town of Itching Down – the town has been invaded by an army of flies.
Unlike the book, villagers have not yet built a gigantic jam sandwich to trap the pesky insects.
Residents in the Sussex village are however stocking up on insect repellent and say the flies are tormenting them in their homes and businesses.
For the second year in a row, thousands of flies have invaded Ditchling.
Lewes District Council received at least 25 complaints last year from concerned residents.
The source of the lesser house fly infestation remains a mystery, with some blaming the warm, damp weather providing perfect breeding conditions.
Villager Katie Bawley said the number of flies was “staggering”.
She said: “I have been clearing away hundreds of flies in the last fewweeks, for a second year in a row.
“I have had to keep my windows shut, which has been awful with the warm weather.”
MrsBawley said she is growing tired of having to spray fly repellent, and fears the affect it will have on her children, who are six and nine.
She has become so desperate that she is currently making her own fly curtains.
She continued: “There are far more flies this year which is starting to be extremely annoying.
“Something is not right because this is the second year in a rowthatwehave seen an infestation.”
Brenda Griffing, who also lives in the village, said she has been unable to open her back door all summer.
She said: “I've never experienced anything like it in Ditchling before.
“There are hundreds of flies in the house, and the problem is much worse than last year. “I have been makingmy own screens, but they are not enough to keep the flies out.”
Ditchling Post Office has reported selling more cans of fly spray in recent weeks, similar to last year.
The council has told residents the issue is being investigated.
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