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Summer's sting in the tail: The rise of the mosquito

Biting insects on the rise Photo: ITV News Anglia

As temperatures keep on rising across the region so have the number of people being bitten by insects.

Experts say the weather we're experiencing at the moment is the "perfect Storm" for insects such as mosquitos to breed.

It's all down to the mix of heat and the damp conditions left with us from the recent thunderstorms and downpours.

Not just flowers which come out in summer Credit: ITV News Anglia

Entomologist Steven Falk from the Peterborough based says:

"This is the time of year when the adults of biting insects tend to peak, things like mosquitos, black flies, biting midges if you are in Scotland and also Horse flies. We haven't had any droughts, most of them have larvae that like water or damp mud, so we haven't had the drought because that knocks them out, we haven't really had the cold weather because that can effect them, so really it is just the perfect breeding conditions for them."

– Steven Falk

Experts are warning we could see an increase in the numbers of biting insects as the warm weather continues.

Dr James Logan of the London School of Hygiene and Tropical medicine said:

It does feel quiet tropical at the moment and last night I didn't sleep well because it was quite muggy and that is perfect weather of mosquitos to find us and bite us, there's a lot of anecdotal evidence this year that people seem to be getting bitten more. I get a lot of people contacting me and telling me that they are getting bitten a lot more this year than they have in previous years."

– Dr James Logan

But these insects do have an important role to play. They are a huge source of food for birds, bats and frogs and without them, we would simply see less of these creatures in our countryside.