Dust mites and other insects found in Britain are not usually thought to be dangerous, but a shocking report has revealed the potentially deadly bugs that are in the country this summer.
With so many Britons spending more time outdoors and leaving windows and doors to their homes open, the risk of coming into contact with a deadly pest is dramatically increased.
Gardening and outdoor specialist BillyOh.com is warning Britons to be extra vigilant around certain bugs and wildlife in the hot summer months, as some can be deadly.
Whether spending the day in the garden or even venturing out to the seafront or park, a host of dangerous wildlife around are able to cause a lot of damage.
Charles Walton, CEO of BillyOh.com said: “When it’s a gorgeous sunny day, you want to be outside but it is important to be careful and protect yourself from certain bugs and wildlife that can do you harm.
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“Whilst hornets, wasps and horseflies are some of the more obvious offenders, there are many others that you’d never know existed in the UK.
“Many are so small they can’t be seen with the naked eye and they dwell in the places you’d least expect in your home, local park and by the seaside.”
Dust mites inhabit homes in dusty corners, bedding and furniture and aren’t visible to the naked eye.
They are so small that 7,000 can fit on a single fingernail. These tiny critters cause a host of allergies and can seriously exacerbate asthma symptoms.
To get rid of them, regularly wash and dry bedding and furniture covers on a high heat and ensure that you clean thoroughly to ensure dust doesn’t build up.
Briton’s should prepare for finding scorpions, mites and ticks in their homes
Ticks are tiny arachnids that feed on the blood of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds.
As an endoparasite (a parasite which lives on the outside of a host), they are common across England and can be found in trees, grass, shrubs and piles of leaves.
Once on the skin, they will migrate to warm, moist parts of the body to latch on and feed.
To avoid being bitten take extra care when in the outdoors and always check your body after spending time outside in leafy green areas. If you find a tick, seek medical advice as they spread dangerous diseases such as Lyme disease.
Horsefly bites are very painful and develop into a large, red, itchy and swollen bump within minutes.
Ticks are tiny arachnids that feed on the blood of mammals, reptiles, amphibians and birds
Adders tend to hide in the long grass and can attack with venomous fangs
A horse fly bite cuts the skin instead of piercing it which is the reason for pain. Victims of the bite can experience a large raised rash, dizziness, wheezing, weakness and swollen body parts.
Horsefly bites can be treated with an icepack or damp cloth, but if the bite is on the face seek medical attention immediately.
Adders tend to hide in long grass and can attack with venomous fangs. There have been 14 adder related deaths recorded in the UK since 1876.
To be safe, make sure to check the path if walking through long grass, as most bites occur if a snake is stepped on.
The plant to avoid this summer is Foxglove which, whilst lovely to look at, can seriously harm to animals and humans – especially the elderly and the young.
Horsefly bites can be very painful, and develop into a large, swollen bump within minutes
Naturally occurring toxins and pollen given off by this plant have a very negative effect on breathing if someone gets too close.
If inhaled, symptoms include dilated pupils, drooling, vomiting, abnormal heart rate, tremors, seizures and even death. Seek medical attention immediately if any symptoms occur.
Common creepy crawlers in the UK include: the false widow spider, with its dangerous bite that can result in severe health complications; the woodlouse spider which has a very painful bite; the biting wasp spider which has a fat, 2p coin sized body and alarming yellow and black stripes; and the mouse spider which has mouse like hairs growing all over its brown body and can give someone a noticeable, painful bite.
The yellow-tailed scorpion lives in the cracks in walls and can be found in areas such as London, Dorset and Hampshire – but they are slowly heading further North of the UK too.
The scorpion has a nasty sting and can kill a human if they are allergic.