It is an invasive mosquito-borne diseases which comes from Southeast Asia. Its first detection in Spain was in 2004 near Barcelona. Its presence is currently known especially in the Mediterranean coast, where it is quite abundant.
The time of activity of the tiger mosquito begins in May and may last until early November. The adult mosquito flies a short distance from the ground and moves to a radius of 500m from its breeding place. Since the mosquito is born from the egg, it only takes 6 days to become an adult.
Small and black with white lines
White spots in the abdomen and legs
Yellow fever mosquito
It is an African mosquito-borne diseases like yellow fever, dengue, chikungunya and Zika virus. Currently, it is distributed in Africa in countries near the tropic and the subtropics. In Spain there are no populations of Aedes aegypti, but could reach Europe due to globalization and the rising average temperatures.
Four white lines in a shape of a lyre
Brown abdomen and legs with white spots
Where do they breed?
They breed in small containers with standing water in urban areas. A female of a tiger mosquito can get to put in a week up to 200 eggs inside a small container. Thanks to Mosquito Alert, citizen help surveillance and control agents by detecting breeding sites on the public road, such as water drains, sewers or ornamental fountains.
AT THE PUBLIC ROAD
- Scuppers and sewers
- Ornamental fountains
- Sources of drinking water with little drainage
- Drain water
- Other spaces with accumulated water
IN YOUR HOME
- Flower pots
- Outdoor furniture
- Animal eateries
- Garden tools (eg forklifts)
- Other objects with accumulated water