Hotter Summer Means More Bugs in the U.K.
In Britain, the perfect storm is about to arrive in the form of more bugs than usual, and varieties never before seen in this temperate climate. The month of May was cool, but wet and now June is turning up the heat – excellent conditions for all things that creep, crawl and fly.
The reasons behind the invasion, says Jim Dale, a senior Meterologist with the British weather service, has to do with sudden heat combined with a lack of insect life in April and May.
“We are well into June now,” noted Dale, “and although we have seen some warm days, the nights have still been cool. This has subdued everything, and what happens is that when things have been subdued and then the conditions change the insect world tends to go on a frenzied population explosion.”
Aphids, wasps and mosquitoes are the common bugs that will visit. Although mosquitoes in Great Britain don’t carry malaria, they do live in the country and warmer climate brings the threat of the disease making its way north from Africa.
The usual summers in Britain are warm days and cool nights, which keeps insect populations to a minimum. During midsummer, as nights heat up, insects are able to survive and begin to appear in droves. This years bugs may pose a threat to farmers, since the timing of the heat wave could cause swarms just as crops begin coming to fruition.