Asian tiger mosquito, aka Aedes albopictus. Photo: Alon Othnay
Asian tiger mosquito, aka Aedes albopictus
Photo: Alon Othnay
The Ministries of Environmental Protection and Health have launched a campaign against the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus), an invasive species common throughout the country.
This Asian tiger mosquito is black with white stripes, and unlike other mosquitoes, it is active both in daylight and in darkness. Its female is capable of stinging many times in a short period of time, even through thin clothing. The sting can transmit several viruses that can cause tropical diseases in humans. In addition, allergic reactions (itching, redness and swelling) to the sting of the Asian tiger mosquito are often stronger than allergic reactions to other mosquito bites.
Where do the mosquitoes breed?
The mosquito is mostly spread via the transfer of eggs and/or larvae in water that accumulates. Thus, it is crucial to make sure there is no standing water in or near your home or garden. This includes flower pots, planters, vases, pails, and used tires – anywhere water collects.
What can you do to minimize the danger?
Check for standing water at least once every three days
- If you find standing water, remove it and dry the container!
- If you cannot dry it, cover it!
- Repair leaks from pipes and air conditioners
- Do not overwater your plants