Ditchling villagers tormented by plague of flies again

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People living in Ditchling are enduring a plague of flies for the second summer in a row.

Thousands of the insects have invaded the village and Lewes District Council has received a string of complaints.

The source of the lesser house fly infestation remains a mystery, with some blaming the warm, damp weather providing perfect breeding conditions.

One resident said the volume of flies was “staggering” and was a repeat of a similar situation last year – only worse.

Hundreds of insects have been reported in houses in the last few weeks. Residents are combating the plague with fly spray and by keeping their windows shut through the heat of the day.