Mum's travel warning after 'bringing Spanish black flies home in holiday suitcase' and being plagued with painful bites | The Sun

A MUM has issued a travel warning after believing she brought home an infestation of Spanish black flies from holiday.

Denise Kelly, 42, was plagued by painful bites after returning from her six-day holiday in Benidorm to celebrate her pal's hen party last week.

The mum-of-three was bitten on the last night of her holiday and fell ill on the plane home, reports the Daily Record.

Denise had to drive to the nearest hospital when she landed in Newcastle on Sunday.

And the 42-year-old's nightmare continued when she noticed flies in her Glasgow home after unpacking her suitcase.

Spanish black flies leave painful bites from gnawing on skin that can blister and last up to a month.

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Denise said: "I had wee red bites on holiday but on our last night I felt a sore pain in my leg and then later on my other leg.

"On the flight home I felt really sick and had diarrhoea. When we landed in Newcastle, I picked up my car but my legs were throbbing and the bites were swelling up.

"I was checked over at Hexham hospital but the bites didn't look infected so I drove home to Glasgow.

"When I got home I ended up having to go to hospital as the pain was worse. I was prescribed antibiotics and I came home to unpack my case."

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The next day, Denise noticed flies in her living room and believes they must have multiplied quickly in her luggage.

She continued: "I was sitting on the couch and I saw something quickly fly past me, then I had another bite.

"I noticed more of them and started to look online for my symptoms.

"I found a warning for tourists about Spanish black flies and realised they were everywhere in the house."

And Denise, who is a full-time carer for her two children with disabilities, was even forced to flee the property with her family.

They are now living with a family friend until the housing association is able to fumigate the property.

Denise is currently on antibiotics, painkillers and anti-inflammatory medication to treat the blistering bites.

The mum said the whole ordeal was "horrible" and she hadn't slept for two nights because she was "terrified" of the flies.

Denise added: "We have all been really stressed out at this and having to leave the house.

"The bites can take up to four weeks to heal and my leg is in absolute agony. Even when I'm walking the pressure can make it worse.

"I don't know how they could have gotten into my luggage. I brought some toys back for the kids and they had water in them. It was eggs that 'hatched in water'. I think the flies could have laid eggs inside it."

In May, a warning was issued to British tourists planning to travel to Spain regarding the black flies.

Wheatley Homes planned to fumigate the property on Wednesday after the issue was reported on Monday morning.

A Wheatley Homes Glasgow spokesperson said: "We asked our specialist pest control contractor to make this a priority.

"They carried out a full inspection this afternoon and will return tomorrow to complete the treatment."

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The insects, which can grow up to 6mm, can generate a significant wound, sometimes leading to infection.

Severe cases can result in hospitalisation and wounds usually take around four weeks to heal.

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