Ms Bungay said: “After a prolonged period of hot weather, or rather without cold and
uncomfortable conditions for invertebrate pests, insect numbers may see an increase and infestations can develop if left alone.
“This, for some invertebrate species, is more likely to be rural locations, which will generally have more available breeding opportunities in ponds, marshes and other types of standing water.
“For blood sucking insects such as horseflies, the countryside also gives access to food
sources, mainly cows and horses grazing in fields.
“Horseflies and mosquitoes are interesting because they rely on aquatic larvae in wet and marshy areas, which won’t have necessarily dried up yet, even after the last four weeks of hot and dry weather conditions.”
According to BPCA, the top five most common bites and stings are false black widow spider, mosquitos, horse flies, wasps and hornets.
Ms Bungay added: “Horsefly bites are particularly painful because their main food source is livestock, which have a limited ability to move the fly away.
“This means they can take their food without having to worry about delivering a painful
bite, as the animals are generally powerless to stop them.
“This is as opposed to mosquitoes, which extract blood through a painless bite.”
The BPCA said that by removing standing water from the proximity of homes and areas of the garden used in the summer, would help guard against bites and stings.