Spanish tv broadcasts “REPOR” program about the fight against mosquitos

Last Sunday 2nd July the “REPOR” program from Spanish television broadcast a documentary about the problem that are causing mosquitoes in the country. From affected neighbours to pest control professionals to new technologies like the Mosquito Alert app, reporters travelled miles to find out the keys and win the “Mosquito war”.

The Mosquito Alert app.


Mosquitoes are insects that are making life impossible for us. The neighbors from Guadalmar (Malaga) created the platform “Stop Mosquitos”, as they no longer know what steps to take to get rid of these annoying insects. Until a few years ago the problem was only by the common mosquito, but now the tiger mosquito has also been added.

The entomologists of the Baix Llobregat Mosquito Control Service, Dr. Carles Aranda and Dr. Roger Eritja, explain why some people are bitten by mosquitoes more than others. In addition, they teach us the characteristics to recognise tiger mosquitoes and yellow fever and what are the risks of having these species in Europe and Spain.

Carles Aranda y Roger Eritja. Servei de Control de Mosquits del Baix Llobregat.

Carles Aranda and Roger Eritja. Servei de Control de Mosquits del Baix Llobregat.


Cemeteries are one of the places where more breeding sites are concentrated, according to the ctl. Sanidad ambiental company. In some cases are beginning to use drones to detect the largest breeding sites in spaces such as urban parks or orchards. This is explained by the entomologist Dr. Rubén Bueno, from the Lokímica company, in collaboration with the Ccty of Murcia.

Ruben Bueno (Lokímica) y Eduardo González (Servicio Municipal de Salud Ayto. Murcia)

Rubén Bueno (Lokímica) and Eduardo González (Health Service of Murcia city council)


And the latest news is to control the mosquito with the mobile. Dr. Frederic Bartumeus shows the Mosquito Alert app, designed for citizens to collaborate with scientists and professionals. This app is used by the Barcelona Public Health Agency (ASPB) in its tiger mosquito control programs in the city of Barcelona.

Marina Torres y Frederic Bartumeus del equipo Mosquito Alert.

Marina Torres and Frederic Bartumeus, Mosquito Alert team.


Tomás Montalvo y técnicos de la ASPB.

Tomás Montalvo and ASPB team.


See the full documentary (only available in Spanish):


Link to the tv program

Mosquito Alert stars an american TV series dedicated to the global science revolution

“The Crowd & The Cloud” TV series is premiering this April 2017. In particular, Mosquito Alert project appears on the third episode “Viral vs Virus”, as an example of a citizen science project which involves society to the scientific and management progress to fight against the tiger mosquito problem.

“The Crowd & The Cloud” is a 4-part public television series hosted by former NASA Chief Scientist Waleed Abdalati.

Smartphones, computers and mobile technology are enabling regular citizens to become part of a 21st century way of doing science. By observing their environments, monitoring neighbourhoods, collecting information about the world and the things they care about, so-called “citizen scientists” are helping professional scientists to advance knowledge while speeding up new discoveries and innovations.

Each episode of the series takes viewers on a global tour of the projects and people on the front lines of this disruptive transformation in how science is done, and shows how anyone, anywhere can participate. In episode 3 “Viral vs. Virus” the Mosquito Alert team explains how data collection made by citizen can help scientists to improve the knowledge of the tiger mosquito distribution. Also, managers from the Public Health Agency of Barcelona explains how citizen incidences help the surveillance and control tasks. Also there are real experiences from volunteers who use the app regularly and the Barcelona City Council explains its initiative to bring citizen science among the neighbourhoods and the city.

The series focuses on other problems like fracking, air quality, extreme weather, asthma, Alzheimer’s disease or other epidemics. All the results of the citizen participation are improving health and welfare, assisting in wildlife conservation, and giving communities the power to create needed change and help themselves.


Making off pictures

Making off the filming in Barcelona (October 2016).

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