Who’s been bitten in the latest Southport Mosquito invasion
Southport has been invaded by armies of vicious mosquitoes thanks to the recent hot spell and imminent mild winter.
The insects lay their eggs on old tyres and bamboo, hatching out at the docks before spreading inland.
Scientists from Liverpool University say that larvae can then survive in water butts, vases and greenhouses.
As well as dengue the bugs can carry the chikungunya virus. Both can cause high fevers and even death.
Infections usually occur in tropical regions of Africa, Asia and South America.
But now experts are calling for surveillance across the UK.
Scientists from the Liverpool University, said: “Mosquito climate suitability has significantly increased over the southern UK.”
Have you been bitten recently?
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