RAIN-ravaged Spain is facing a horror mosquito invasion as billions of the bloodthirsty bugs emerge from the flood waters covering the Costas.
The muddy lagoons are the perfect breeding ground hyper-aggressive mozzies and experts say their eggs could start hatching this weekend.
Asian tiger mosquitoes are very aggressive when they are in a feeding frenzy[/caption]
The flood waters covering the Costas are the perfect breeding ground for the bloodthirsty bugs[/caption]
Eight people died when torrential rain and lightening storms sparked the worst floods in 100 years across the south east of the country.
Now hard-hit locals and ex-pats, still counting the cost of the devastating storms, face another “biblical” plague.
More than one billion biting bugs – including highly-aggressive tiger mosquitoes – could hatch in the floods, reports Murcia Today.
On the Costa Calida, emergency crews are working round-the-clock to prevent mosquito larvae hatching in water-logged fields.
The regional councils of Alicante and Elche are fumigating swatches of countryside to stop a repeat of August’s plague which saw hospitals inundated with bite victims.
In some parts of the region, swarms of midges have already been spotted – although they are harmless to humans.
The biggest danger come from Asian tiger mosquitoes which are known to spread multiple dangerous diseases- including Dengue Fever and the deadly Zika virus.
They swarm in large numbers and are extremely aggressive when they are in a feeding frenzy.
Unlike most mozzies, the black and white tiger feeds during daylight hours, not at night.
The insect, Aedes aegypti and Aedes albopictus, is native to South East Asia, but has been gradually spread through Europe.
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They’ve been present in northern Italy, southern France and Spain for the past five years and are moving north at a rate of 90 miles a year.
Scientists have previously warned that global warming could be to blame as the bugs may be lured north by warmer, more humid air.
Two recent studies – from the Liverpool and Oxford Universities – have said climate change could allow Asian tiger mosquitoes to spread across Western Europe.
Eight people died when torrential rain and lightening storms sparked the worst floods in 100 years[/caption]