Faced with the resurgence of tiger mosquitoes in Ile-de-France, the regional health agency publishes advice on how to identify them and protect yourself from them.
It appeared in the south of France in 2004, Aedes albopictus (also called the tiger mosquito) had gradually established itself in Ile-de-France, where it was discovered in 1time times in Créteil in 2015. Since then, this mosquito has spread to 100 communes in the Ile-de-France region, where 47% of the population of Ile-de-France live.
Besides the inconveniences they can cause on a daily basis, tiger mosquitoes can carry viral diseases (Dengue, Chikungunya, Zika). He could actually contract one of these diseases by biting an infected person after a trip to the tropics and then transmitting the disease to another person who had never left France.
Where is the tiger mosquito?
Tiger mosquitoes emerge every spring and colonize small natural or artificial enclosures of all shapes near homes. The female lays her eggs on the edges of the vessels just above the water level. Once in the water, the eggs develop very quickly (about a week). The female can lay up to 1,000 eggs within 4 to 5 weeks of her existence.
The tiger mosquito then develops into A The maximum radius is 150 metres about his hometown.
If you recognize a tiger mosquito in your home, it must have been born nearby : On the balcony of your building, in your garden or in your neighbors. So you have the means to act upstream so that they don’t invade you!
How to identify tiger mosquito?
The tiger mosquito measures about 5 mm and has black and white stripes on the abdomen and legs. It is very aggressive and can bite during the day. He lives near his hometown
How to act to reduce the presence of tiger mosquitoes?
In addition to the preventive measures implemented by the town hall, it is necessary to ensure that tiger mosquitoes do not grow in your home!
Here are some simple and basic procedures that should be carried out at home from May to November. Take a few minutes every week to prevent the tiger mosquito from infesting you!
- House or remove all containers in which water can accumulate: unused flower pot saucers, tires, fabrics, toys, garden furniture, umbrella bases, etc.
- Secure access for mosquitoes to water in saucers under flower pots by filling them to the brim with sand. Thus, the mosquito will not be able to lay eggs on the edges of the cups and the roots of the plants will still be in contact with moisture.
- Change the flower’s water once a week if you cannot secure the cups.
- Isolation of rainwater reserves (rainwater catchers, canisters, cisterns) by installing screens that act as mosquito nets (old curtains etc.).
- Check for proper rainwater flow (gutters, manholes, gutters, etc.) and maintain your garden (trimming, cleaning, disposing of plant waste).
- Cover non-functioning cans, cisterns, rainwater catchers or inflatable ponds and turn over watering cans and wheelbarrows.
To report a possible tiger mosquito, log on to the reporting portal: https://signalement-moustique.anses.fr/signalement_albopictus/signalements