Il is only 5 mm, but its disturbing force is inversely proportional…
Il is only 5 mm, but its disturbing strength is inversely proportional to its size. The tiger mosquito has been circulating for ten years in the Dordogne – it has been discovered in 52 municipalities – and spoils the hot evenings.
“During the summer of 2020, I no longer go out. I couldn’t eat out once,” said Plague Martin Doyen, elected municipal official in Boulazac-il-Manoir. His colleague Janick Bleu agrees: “We find them in densely populated neighbourhoods. We received complaints from residents. They kept asking us what we were planning to do. We even suggested sulfates…”
This last request alone illustrates the ignorance of this exotic species, which thrives in urban or semi-urban habitats. Thursday, June 16th, a training session was organized for elected officials and municipal agents in Polazac to try to understand how this invasive insect works. “The priority is to cut the water off the mosquitoes, insists Jean-Francois Vaudoisso, of the regional health agency (ARS) Nouvelle-Aquitaine. Local authorities can act, but above all alert the population. 80% of the perches are on private property. Mosquitoes that bite you are born In your home. “
Translation, before going to file a complaint with the town hall, everyone should sweep in front of their door, or rather empty water from watering cans, cups and other plastic containers. “The tiger mosquito has adapted perfectly to this environment where it finds enough standing water,” insists Delphine Binet, of Altopictus who specializes in controlling the little bug.
“Mosquitoes that bite you are born in your house”
Equipped with a landing net, scoop and vacuum cleaner, she goes “fishing” knowing in advance where to find her game. A small clay pot, half filled under a gutter, is fertile ground. Eggs are placed on top of the water and then submerged. They can hatch in a few hours. In the summer, it takes only five days to develop them”, explains Jean-Francois Vaudois.
“There is a laundromat in town. I thought he could come from there,” admitted Pascal Lacour, municipal agent in Sorges-et-Ligueux-en-Périgord. This internship taught me a lot.” His alter ego for Escoire, David Barrow, bounces back: “Now we can To tell people this is not true. A discussion begins between the two men. They identify a potential place for the outbreak: cemeteries.” I often see old people filling cups under flower pots, especially because of the high temperatures. Delphine Binet offers a solution: If we put sand in the cups, we retain water for the flowers, but we prevent mosquitoes from developing. You can also put a little oil on the surface. »