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YourLIfe: SUMMER SURVIVAL SPECIAL - Don't let those insects bug you.

IT ISN'T just the sun worshippers who come out when the weather turns warm, a whole army of many-legged creatures makes an appearance too.

According to reports this year's wet May and hot June and July have resulted in record numbers of creepy crawlies.

Experts reckon there are more than 15 billion insects for every square mile of land which is bad news if you're not a fan of all things bug.

So how can you avoid close encounters of the insect kind? We take a look.


WE do have mozzies on our shores but they're not the malaria-carrying kind, thankfully, so the worst you can expect is an irritating bite from these blighters.

Still the same advice goes for our mozzies as for those peskies abroad. Keep arms and legs covered around dusk, spray repellent and avoid areas of stagnant water.

Horse flies

BIG, ugly critters which are active during the day particularly in the hot weather. Female horseflies inflict nasty bites, slashing through the skin with knife-like mouth parts, and licking up the blood. They tend to be drawn to the head and upper body.


NOT biters but pretty unpleasant to have in the house and a hot summer seems to bring them out in swarms.

More than 100 pathogens associated with the housefly may cause diseases in humans and animals and bluebottles are thought to be carriers of disease too.

Red/flying ants

FLYING ants are more of a pest than a bite risk although they can bite humans. They swarm in the summer during mating. Pouring boiling water down nest holes is a good preventative measure or use ant spray or talc to stop them crossing into the house.

Red ants are considered aggressive because they do bite and when they do it hurts because they inject formic acid into your skin. August and September are bumper times for red ants as this is when they mate.


CAN be a danger and a nuisance on hot summer's days when you are drinking and eating outside.

Four Britons die each year from allergic reactions to wasp stings. Females are the only ones who sting and when they do they release a pheremone inviting others to join in the attack.

Early on in the summer wasps may be swatted away but they do become more aggressive late on when colonies begin to break down.

Bumble bee

YOUR average bumble bee goes about its business without bothering you too much and is generally a benign creature. Aggravate it though and you're potentially in trouble as they can give a painful sting.


CAN be a nuisance around sunset biting any part of you they can get their "teeth" into.

They like warm, humid weather, standing water and partial shade.

Daddy long legs/crane flies

Not much of a bother just unwelcome because they look scary and make a lot of noise scampering up walls and windows. At their worst in late summer and attracted indoors by the lights.


TICK numbers are increasing and medical professionals are reporting a rise in the number of cases of Lyme Disease which can lead to fever, joint swelling and heart problems. Ticks usually live in long grassy areas so if you go walking in the summer you could be at risk. They attach to clothing as you brush past then crawl until they find an area of exposed skin.


PAIN... Mosquitoes can make your summer a misery - but there are measures you can take to deter them.
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Publication:Coventry Evening Telegraph (England)
Date:Jul 31, 2006
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