Have you spotted desert dust mites from Chad invading south-east London and north Kent thanks to Sahara winds?

Parts of the Sahara used to be green and lush before desert dust mites took hold

Parts of the Sahara used to be green and lush before desert dust mites took hold

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Un-seasonally windy weather across the African sub-continent is threatening to cause havoc across the world.

Stronger than usual gusts in the Sahara saw large dust clouds settle around Britain. These clouds left sticky golden-yellow deposits right across the south east and London.

Although a nuisance and a bit messy, these sand storms pose no real threat.

However, the strong winds today threaten to whip up an even greater storm as the new currents are carrying a small, desert dust mite from Chad which threatens to attack our green and pleasant land.

The mites, which can cling onto the smallest particles of sandy dust are voracious feeders and can destroy whole crops in a matter of hours.

Environmental experts have issued a warning to farmers, horticulturists and even gardeners in Bromley, Bexley, Lewisham and Greenwich to keep a keen eye out for these African invaders.

The winds are not expected to trouble lower regions of Kent, but areas of Dartford and Gravesend have also been placed on alert.

The microscopic mites can be recognised by their larger than usual forehead and extra hair on their legs.

A minister for the environment from Chad, Ubin Hadde, said: “Parts of the Sahara used to be green and lush before this mite took hold, now everywhere is just a dusty wilderness.

“I wouldn’t like to think of us being responsible for inflicting such a plague upon Britain.

“Hopefully locals will be on their guard and can avoid these pests taking over.”

Anyone who thinks they have spotted one of the little mites should call 01689 885790.

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8:51am Tue 1 Apr 14

elephants123 says...

I bet Ubin Hadde was tough to track down this morning. Is he related to Imar Liare by any chance?
I bet Ubin Hadde was tough to track down this morning. Is he related to Imar Liare by any chance? elephants123
  • Score: 14

9:44am Tue 1 Apr 14

derekhope says...

We should all keep a beady eye out for these creatures and as soon as we see one, call NS on a transfer charge call and ask their photographer to come and photograph it.
We should all keep a beady eye out for these creatures and as soon as we see one, call NS on a transfer charge call and ask their photographer to come and photograph it. derekhope
  • Score: 10

10:49am Tue 1 Apr 14

the wall says...

1st April
1st April the wall
  • Score: -17

11:12am Tue 1 Apr 14

Gypo.Joe says...

Lets hope they have their immigration papers and passports in order.
Lets hope they have their immigration papers and passports in order. Gypo.Joe
  • Score: -17

11:44am Tue 1 Apr 14

Hk says...

April Fool!
April Fool! Hk
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1:46pm Tue 1 Apr 14

sarfflondonbird says...

More influx of foreigners!
More influx of foreigners! sarfflondonbird
  • Score: 22

4:00pm Tue 1 Apr 14

molsey says...

I saw a large swarm in Queensway.
I saw a large swarm in Queensway. molsey
  • Score: 4

9:41pm Tue 1 Apr 14

minimouse21 says...

Firstly, how can we spot one if its microscopic and secondly there is no advice on how to rid your garden of them If they do arrive
Firstly, how can we spot one if its microscopic and secondly there is no advice on how to rid your garden of them If they do arrive minimouse21
  • Score: 7

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