Biology

Tiger mosquito

(Aedes albopictus)

Mosquito Tigre

J.Luís Ordoñez (CC-BY-NC-2.0)

CHARACTERISTICS

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.

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Small and black with white lines

Manchas blancas en el abdómen y patas

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White spots in the abdomen and legs

Yellow fever mosquito

(Aedes aegypti)

J.Luís Ordoñez (CC-BY-NC-2.0)

CHARACTERISTICS

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.

Mark Yokoyama (CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)

Four white lines in a shape of a lyre

©Roger Eritja www.eritja.com

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
  • Toys
  • Outdoor furniture
  • Animal eateries
  • Garden tools (eg forklifts)
  • Cubes
  • Other objects with accumulated water
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