BRITS living in Spain face a plague of billions of aggressive Asian tiger mosquitoes after the country was clobbered by the worst storms in 100 years.
Their larvae take 10-12 days to hatch in standing water and the young mozzies will be hungry for blood.
Brits in Spain should brace themselves for a plague of billions of aggressive Asian tiger mosquitoes after the country was hit by severe storms[/caption]
Authorities are telling residents to drain gardens, roofs, and even buckets and plant pots which are filled with rainwater leftover from the deluge.
Local councils will hand out fines to those who do not comply as they try to limit the invasion.
Areas popular with Brits like Benidorm and Alicante were hit heavily by last week’s monsoons.
The Costa Blanca region has already seen an alarming rise in the numbers of the aggressive breed of insect.
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Valencia City Council has taken the drastic step of fining residents who allow any areas of water to build up around their properties.
Anyone caught with a pool of standing water now faces a fine of up to £2,600.
All home and business owners are now obliged to empty all containers with stagnant water that encourages the larva of the pests.
Councillor for Health, Emiliano García, explained that the program is ‘to warn and inform’.
He added: “The objective is not to sanction but to make people aware that they have to take measures against this mosquito.”
An unknown number of the dangerous insects carry the potential lethal Zika virus.
They are also far more aggressive than their European cousins and can bite through clothing and spread other diseases such as dengue and yellow fever.
These illnesses haven’t been prevalent in Spain recently, but their ability to adapt to different environments has resulted in their spread.
The objective is not to sanction but to make people aware that they have to take measures against this mosquito.
Mr Garcia added that they only need a small amount of standing water to reproduce, such as water in plant pots or puddles but the rains have left fertile breeding grounds.
Fines start from £22 and rise depending on levels of danger and negligence. So far dozens of people have been admitted to hospital after being bitten.
A UK Facebook page dedicated to Benidorm told members: “Mosquitoes can carry very dangerous diseases and can cause lifelong effects and even death.
“Mosquitoes are one of the deadliest animals in the world. Their ability to carry and spread disease to humans causes millions of deaths every year.
“There are a few simple steps you can do to limit the amount of mosquitos that hatch on the next cycle.
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“Empty buckets and plant pot trays that have had chance to collect water in the rains. Safely get onto your flat roofs and patios and make sure all the drainage is clear and there is no free-standing water.
“Make sure that your underbuilds and garages are pumped out and allowed to dry out.
“The mosquito invasion will happen in under two weeks, we can’t stop it coming, but we can limit things the best we can. Please do what you can!”
Residents have been warned about the ‘deadly animals’ and the ‘very dangerous diseases’ they can carry[/caption]
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