Dad left covered in ‘horror movie’ bites after rubbish is dumped in his garden

A dad claims his body was left covered in “horror movie” bites after a pile of rubbish dumped at the bottom of his garden attracted thousands of insects.

Mick Payne said he suffered horrific horse fly bites on his legs, fingers, arms, face and the top of his head.

The 48-year-old says he recently caught 20,000 insects in a month and is now unable to go into the back garden of his home in Handsworth, West Midlands.

He believes the insect infestation started when flytippers dumped rotting rubbish the end of his garden seven years ago on land owned by Network Rail, Birmingham Live report.



Mick Payne who was bitten by horse flies
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Birmingham City Council said the horse flies were likely to result from the local environment rather than just dumped waste.

But Mr Payne said: “It has been a living nightmare. The bites on my arm are like something out of a horror movie. They were all over my body, arms, legs, fingers and even on top of my head.

“I have been bitten on three occasions and i had to go to A and E the first time as i let it go too far.

“I had a fever, felt absolutely terrible. I went to hospital for treatment and have been on a course of antibiotics.”

“The garden is a no go area for me now. I wasn’t able to use my garden during lockdown. I have three children and they can’t stay with me at the moment as I don’t want them to get bitten. It is just a horrendous situation.

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Mr Payne, who was left disabled after breaking his back in a fall at work, says he uses a disposable fly trap which hangs in his garden.



Mick Payne was bitten all over his body
(Image: Birmingham Mail)

A Birmingham City Council spokesperson said: “Flytipping is inexcusable, a criminal blight on our environment and we fully support the efforts of other landowners to bring those responsible for such anti-social behaviour to justice.

“Any infestation of horse flies in this case is likely to be related to the local environment rather than just dumped waste as they tend to mostly live around long grassland and damp woodland.”

Network Rail was approached for comment.