Clegs thriving in hot weather

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The long spell of warm weather has brought a new menace, biting clegs, which are said to be thriving.

Also known as horseflies, the insects’ bites can in some cases become infected and require medical attention, although in most cases pharmacists can offer advice on treatments.

Aileen Bryson of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society in Scotland said it had received reports of more people coming in contact with the flies. This was because people were spending more time outside in the sunshine, and having more skin exposed.

She said cleg bites can be more painful than midges’, and can result in red, fluid-filled blisters. Ms Bryson added that insect repellents and wearing loose summer clothing can help people to avoid being bitten.

Outdoor pursuits body, Mountaineering Scotland, said in warning issued this week about the warm weather that it had found clegs to be ‘thriving’.

Invertebrates charity Buglife said that while clegs were seen as a menace, they played a part, like other insects, in natural habitats.