The tiger mosquito is an invasive mosquito species, known for its small size (about 5 mm) and black and white stripes on the body. In some cases, it can be a vector of a disease such as dengue, chikungunya or Zika. Installed for many years in key tropical regions, especially the islands of Reunion and Mayotte, it has been present in the metropolis since 2004, where the territory expands every year.
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Currently, the species is implanted and active in the departments of Soixante-sept, according to the Ministère des Solidarités et de la Santé. If the departments of Mayenne, Loire-Atlantique, Vendée and Maine-et-Loire are on red alert, they remain weakly colonized by the tiger mosquito. Conversely, fourteen departments are severely affected, including Corse-du-Sud, Haute-Corse, Alpes-Maritimes, Bouches-du-Rhône, Gard, Hérault, Lot-et-Garonne. , the Pyrénées-Orientales, Paris, the Rhône, the Tarn-et-Garonne, the Var, the Vaucluse and the Hauts-de-Seine.
With the arrival of high temperatures, the mosquito’s establishment is likely to accelerate in the departments where it is not yet present. According to Stéphane Robert, president of the Mosquito Vigilance website, the hotter it gets, the shorter the developmental cycle of the tiger mosquito, from egg to adult. What are you doing “A heat wave immediately causes a phenomenon of demultiplication and proliferation”, he explained on Thursday 12 May on Europe 1.
How to limit its proliferation?
In order to fight against the proliferation and help to prevent the introduction of the virus in the metropolis, the health authorities recommended to eliminate the stagnant that allows to develop (soucoupes sous les pots de plantes, jouets pour enfants, cendriers …) and to keep a favorable environment. (clean the gutters, cover the bins …).
In order to avoid bites, it is advisable, especially in the most affected regions, to equip the doors and windows with mosquito nets and to activate the air conditioning. Outside, it may be helpful to wear loose-fitting clothing and use a skin repellent on the advice of a pharmacist.
In case of joint pain, muscle aches, headaches, rash with or without fever, conjunctivitis, it is necessary to consult a doctor.