Hordes of super-fleas with giant penises could soon been invading Merseyside homes because of the wet summer.
Scientists say the wet August so soon after a hot spring has created perfect breeding conditions to create plagues of randy super-fleas, said to be blessed with a penis more than two-and-a-half times the length of their entire bodies.
The fleas, which have the largest genital – relative to size – of any bug on earth, will be trying to get into our homes in an effort to escape the chilly and damp summer days, the Mirror Online reported .
Nigel Binns, of pest controllers Basis Prompt, said: “The activity and behaviour of fleas is often very much dependent on the climate.
“Mild temperatures during the winter means that fewer than usual will have been killed off and, as they thrive in a warm and humid environment, they’re likely to be present in greater numbers than usual during the next few weeks.
“The population of fleas seems to have grown rapidly in recent years, but the risk of an infestation could be bigger than ever this summer.”
The critters are often carried into homes on the fur of cats and dogs, especially if they’ve had contact with rodents, foxes or rabbits.
Mr Binns said scratching is often the first sign of a possible infestation.
He added: “Bite marks are usually around the ankles or legs, often leave small red spots which are itchy.
“And, if you do have fleas in your home, you may even see them jumping on your carpet or furniture.”
They thrive in the fur of pets but will soon hop on to sofas, bedding, carpets and rugs and breed at an alarming rate – the female can lay up to 50 eggs a day.