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Brits are having to battle hordes of disease-ridden horse flies that have invaded parks and gardens in the UK.

The half-inch long flies, which usually are found in the country have invaded the cities during the lockdown, congregating around pools, ponds, and gardens.

And urbanites are feeling the sting. Some people who were bitten required hospitalization and a round of antibiotics. The bites can also lead to cellulitis, a skin infection.

The large flies who strike without warning are “literally designed to eat a horse, their bite is both impressive and painful. […] They can persistently chase you at a flying speed of around 15 mph, and it’ll bite right through clothes. It has mandibles that can rip and tear flesh apart.

Unfortunately, the flies, which thrive in hot and humid conditions are expected to multiply with upcoming thunderstorms predicted. So have your insect bite remedies around.

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