Super-fleas with massive penises are preparing to invade British homes as the damp summer is making them desperate to get indoors.
The onslaught of the super-fleas has been predicted by scientists and homeowners have been warned to get the exterminators in as soon as the scratching starts.
Nigel Binns, of pest controllers Basis Prompt, told the Mirror: ‘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 male super-fleas are believed to have a penis over twice the size of their body making them the most well hung of any insect on earth.
The flea does not have the biggest penis in the animal kingdom though, that honour goes to the barnacle which is eight times its body length.
The female flea can lay 50 eggs a day for up to a year and when the weather is damp they naturally head indoors to live in pet fur, bedding, carpets and rugs.
As the eggs hatch after a few days and the average flea lives a few months the population can explode very quickly.
The British Pest Control Association advises people to act quickly to control fleas.
A spokesman said: ‘Flea bites can cause intense irritation around the central bright red spot. Different people react differently to a bite, both regarding the degree of reaction and time taken to react.
‘If you have an active infestation, you may see fleas jumping in your carpet and furniture.’