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”.
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.
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.
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.
See the full documentary (only available in Spanish):