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Volgograd invaded by flies and mosquitoes from nearby Volga river

Tuesday, June 19th 2018 - 09:08 UTC
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Players from England and Tunisia had to use mosquito repellent before taking to the pitch at the Volgograd Arena Players from England and Tunisia had to use mosquito repellent before taking to the pitch at the Volgograd Arena

A plague of small flying insects have caused chaos for fans, locals and the media in the city of Volgograd where England and Tunisia played on Monday.

Players from both teams had to use mosquito repellent before taking to the pitch at the Volgograd Arena, a stadium located on the banks of the Volga River where according to experts, flies are growing out of the larva stage and turning into adults, leaving the water en masse and flying around the city to mate.

Although some entomologists believe they are non-biting flies, there are some mosquitoes thrown into the mix as well. The area around the stadium and the fan festival zone have been treated with repellents, which they say are safe for humans and animals.

Volgograd, which is in the southeast of the country, has already taken some measures. Two days ago they deployed helicopters to spray the nearby marshland with pesticides. Fans are allowed to take repellent spray into the fan zone.

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  • Voice

    Watched the game saw the bugs...mainly flies...get over it...
    Heard the commentator say it's midge breeding season...no midges there, with that much c02 in one place the fans would not have been able to sit through it, repellent or not they would be breathing midges...

    Jun 19th, 2018 - 11:59 am 0
  • DemonTree

    Yeurgh. I inhaled one once, could feel it tickling somewhere way inside my nose. Couldn't stop sneezing for 10 minutes straight until I finally managed to blow it out, still alive and wriggling.

    Strangely enough I didn't encounter a single one last time I visited Scotland.

    You should try this, Voice: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PyjdiFyePSI - better than neknominate.

    Jun 19th, 2018 - 01:00 pm 0
  • chronic

    DT, why are you so ashamed?

    Jun 19th, 2018 - 01:08 pm 0
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