in our municipality. This is an invasive species from Asia and is especially active during the warmer months. The Asian tiger mosquito is about 2 to 10 mm in length with a striking white and black pattern. It is active during the daylight hours, biting aggressively a great number of people, these bites are painful and can cause uncomfortable symptoms, itching, swelling and sometimes allergic reactions.
ADVICE TO DISCOURAGE THIS PEST
Unlike other species, the ideal breeding habitats are shallow pools of water at elevated temperatures so it is essential to have your collaboration to assist in the eradication of these mosquitos. Adult tiger mosquitoes live from a few days to several weeks, largely depending on weather conditions. Hot, dry weather reduces life expectancy. Regardless of life span, adult tiger mosquitoes seldom move far from the containers in which they were born. Most adults will be found within a few hundred yards of the breeding container and therefore, if we can rid this pest from our own properties, we are not only the first beneficiaries, but will be successful in the eradication of this pest assisting our whole community.
To prevent your garden or patio becoming a focus of breeding we would recommend the following tips:
– Avoid shallow stagnations of water (plant pot saucers, vases, drinking fountains, sinks, ornamental ponds or any containers/surfaces that are liable to have residues of water)
– Cover wells or cisterns.
– Circulate water fountains and ponds. The goldfish in ponds will eat mosquito larvae.
– Remove or cover any objects that could accumulate water.
– Regularly change the water in the plant pots and domestic animal containers.
TIPS ON WAYS TO REPEL THIS MOSQUITO
– Use repellents, especially on the legs; this insect usually bites areas close to the ground.
– Maintain a healthy body (perspiration and strong odours invite them to bite) and avoid sweet perfumes.
– The use of mosquito netting and electric anti-mosquito ‘plug-ins’ is advisable.
– Avoid areas of untreated water.
– Wear clothing with long sleeves, long trousers and socks, as well as avoiding dark and bright colours as they attract mosquitos.
– Always shake clothing especially if it has been hung outside.
– Leave the lights off if you have the windows open because the mosquitoes are attracted by light.
WHAT TO DO IN CASE OF BITES
– Wash and disinfect the area affected before using any lotion or ointment recommended by your doctor or pharmacist.
Control of the Tiger mosquito has to be the responsibility of everyone. We need your collaboration.
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Departamento Municipal de Medio Ambiente
Av. Trenc d’Alba, 2
965790500 – ext.1201