Why 2014 seems to be the year of the mosquito

Residents across East Dunbartonshire have reported seeing increasing numbers of mosquitoes over the summer.

In recent weeks the biting beasties have been seen in Milngavie and Bearsden.

And now Herald readers from Kirkintilloch have spotted several of the insects - which are more common in warmer climates.

Aileen Donaghey said: “We killed a mosquito in our house one night during the exceptionally hot spell in July. It was the distinctive hum it made that alerted us and after closer inspection my son identified it as a mozzie.

I thought he was kidding at first but it definitely was one. I posted on Facebook about it at the time cos I could hardly believe it. Mozzies are definite visitors to East Dunbartonshire this summer.”

Dr Heather Ferguson, senior lecturer at the Institute of Biodiversity Animal Health and comparative medicine at Glasgow University, said: “There are indeed mosquitoes in Scotland. Approximatley 30 mosquito species are known in the UK, and roughly nine to 10 species have been recorded in Scotland.

“Culex pipiens is one of the more common species that you’d find in Scotland.

“Some UK mosquitoes may have the potential to carry diseases, but to date there is almost no record of any mosquito-borne disease infecting people in the UK.”