A mosquito expert has revealed who the bloodthirsty pests love to bite most as he warns Britain faces an outbreak of disease carrying insects.
The UK’s wave of hot and humid weather has proved the perfect breeding ground for flesh hungry beasties.
And so-called "tropical nights" have also brought the nasty mozzies out in full force.
Some breeds – such as the dangerous Asian tiger mosquito – are capable of passing on 23 infections.
Speaking to Daily Star Online, expert and founder of mosquito repellent Incognito Howard Carter revealed who is top of the menu and most at risk of being eaten.
And he demonstrated how Brits can avoid becoming a meal for hungry bloodsuckers.
He said: “There are reports of upcoming outbreaks – but there already outbreaks in parts of London that I am already aware of and there will no doubt be in be other parts too.
“It is just perfect conditions for them, the subtropical weather is perfect.
“The warm weather means they fly faster – the hotter it is the faster they can fly to a certain degree.
“It’s like having a car running on ordinary fuel and then all of a sudden you’re using a high octane fuel. That enables the car to go faster, and they can fly faster.
“Now they are like fighter planes coming in left right and centre to Brits socialising outside, and inside of course.”
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Already-overworked pharmacies are bracing for a stampede from families desperate for anti-mozzie sprays and creams.
Howard, a tick expert and the creator of Incognito insect repellent, contracted malaria and dengue in the same year after he was bitten on his ankle.
He explained why some Brits get bitten – and others seem to get off scot-free.
The inventor said that mosquitos love fair skin – so women, especially blonde and ginger – are most at risk of becoming insect food.
He told Daily Star Online: “Roughly one in every 20 to 25 people are fortunate enough to have a natural insect repellent in their bloodstream.
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"That stops it detecting you and if it gets too close they are not attracted to you. That is the main reason – they’ll go for who you are with.
“And women are more attractive to men. Blonde and ginger females are the most attractive. No one knows for sure but we know that lighter skin is something they prefer.
“People with darker skin get bitten less. Fairer skin tend to be bitten more, but the as for the reasoning why we don’t actually know, it just is.
“You ask 100 blondes and gingers, they'll say they nearly all always get bitten. One in 25 that have the camouflage in their blood but on the whole they need extra protection.”
He told Daily Star Online that the best way to avoid bites is to follow his acronym CLOAKED.
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He said: “C for camouflage – always cover up with a 100% PMD based repellent. L for light and long sleeved. O for odour, because toiletries and shower gels contain attractants. Citrus body soaps are the ones to avoid bites.
“A for apply PMD repellent. K for keep away from water, that’s where they reproduce. E for exfoliate, our pores excrete a powerful attractant, and D for dawn and dusk – that’s where they are most hungry.
“They are most hungry and there are more of them because you have got the day species about to go to sleep for the night, and you have the evening ones coming out.
“At that time you have all the animals looking to feed.”
It was claimed tiger mosquitoes have moved north across France, with more than half of the country under threat from the deadly insects.
And Spain has been hit hard by bug infestations, with the country already suffering from coronavirus.
The many empty swimming pools left uncleaned due to the Covid-19 pandemic have become fertile breeding ground for mosquitoes, which thrive in warm, moist air.
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