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Millbrook woman speaks of her spoilt summer as a victim of mosquitos
A Southampton woman says she is at the end of her tether after being repeatedly bitten by meddling mosquitoes.
Geraldine Davies, of Brookwood Road, says she has been targeted by the pesky insects dozens of times this summer.
People living in the Elmes Drive area of Millbrook have also complained about the plague of mozzies ever since this year’s long-awaited warm weather hit at the end of June.
Southampton City Council has blamed still water from nearby allotments for the problem, which has forced residents to keep their windows closed even in soaring temperatures.
The 59-year-old, who lives about a mile away from Elmes Drive, showed arms covered in mosquito bites.
She said: “My arms have been bitten, particularly my left arm.
“I have spoken to a woman who works at a local shop, who told me people have been saying to her they were bitten, too.
“I have to close my windows at night but I still managed to hear a couple of them the other night.
“I am a smoker and I saw something buzzing around my tobacco packet. I slapped the packet shut and opened it and there was a mosquito.
“It’s the worst it has ever been in my life. I have never had a problem with mosquitoes before, it is the first time there have been problems with anything other than horseflies.”
Insect expert Ian Burgess, from the Insect Research and Development Ltd in Cambridge, said lately wasps – not mosquitoes – have been causing a sting nationally.
He said: “On the pest control front until the last two or three weeks it has been incredibly quiet on the insect front, apart from rogue bee infestations.
“But even though there have been lots of complaints about wasps in recent weeks there have not been any about mosquitoes.
“There is no evidence of an increase in mosquito numbers, although they do tend to stay in very localised, small areas, which may see their own variations.”
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