In a few years, the tiger mosquito has become a real scourge of the summer in France. It is of concern as it is a vector of diseases.
The bug is reputed to transmit disease through its bite, to the first row in which the virus zika, chikungunya, and dengue fever. A downside, however, the mosquito must have previously bitten and sucked the blood from a first infected person. Which makes the risk less important in france than in overseas.
In what areas is it present ?
A parliamentary investigation commission has rendered Tuesday, July 28, his conclusions on the presence of the tiger mosquito in France, pointing to a ” major health risk “, and not only in the overseas territories.
In fact, according to the map published by the ministry of Health and solidarity, mosquitoes, tigers have already settled 58 of the 96 metropolitan departments, mainly in the south. And their eradication is almost impossible, the larvae are very resistant. They do not fear neither the heat, nor cold, and grow very easily in any standing water, particularly in urban and peri-urban areas.
How to identify a tiger mosquito ?
Its scientific name Aedes Albopictus, the tiger mosquito is characterised by its black and white stripes on the body and legs, with a white line along the thorax, but also by his black wings. Finally, it is smaller than the mosquito natives, its size not exceeding that of a piece of a euro cent.
Another difference, the tiger mosquito is plaguing more during the day. More aggressive than a mosquito ” classic “, it is also slower in vol.
As to its sting, it translates to a small red button, which itches rapidly and swells in the blister, or even expands in case of a bad skin reaction.
In the event of a sting, in fact, it is essential to disinfect immediately with an antiseptic to reduce the risk both of disease and of contagion.
Can we get rid of it ?
In absolute terms, the answer is unfortunately not. Nevertheless, it is possible to protect yourself by using repellents skin and wearing clothing loose and light.
Take care of the environment is also essential to avoid the colonies of mosquitoes tigers : it is necessary to eliminate any stagnant water in vases, saucers, plastic sheets… It is still advisable to cover the rain water harvesting and any other container that is impossible to empty a canvas screen, and do not leave trainer of plant waste. In sum, do not provide a habitat for the insect and its larvae.
If you notice in spite of the presence of mosquitoes tigers at home or at your place of holiday resort, you are invited to report on the dedicated website of the ANSES, the national Agency of health security, food, environment and labour.
The bug is in effect under high surveillance in France, even if, as the parliamentary commission of inquiry, ” you have to live with “.