Don’t let tiger mosquitoes settle in your flower pots! This is the message conveyed by the Aude Nature Society, in partnership with the Fabre Garden Center.
The fearsome tiger mosquito breeds in the area. Implantée dans le département depuis 2013, cette espèce originaire d’Asie, potentiellement vectrice de maladies – dengue, chikungunya et zika – fait l’objet chaque année, de mai à septembre, d’un renlesposictifés surveillancee paris partners. In this context, the Regional Health Agency (ARS) also, in cooperation with associations, conducts several awareness campaigns targeting the general public, schools, communities, etc.
Chasing bad habits
This year, the Aude Nature Society teamed up with the Fabre Garden Center in Narbonne to raise awareness among customers and store staff. The goal: to stop the spread of this mainly urban species “Our ignorance and bad habits are being exploited to spread widely across the continentDominique Kleiman, president of Aude Nature, explains. This process that we started in 2019 in garden centers and nurseries is taking place today all over Occitanie.”
“In season, we have a lot of mosquitoes in the store, Director Matteo Alvarez says: We’ve signed an agreement with Aude Nature and ARS to train staff and try to reduce the number of tiger mosquitoes we have in store. In France, everyone should show solidarity to fight the tiger mosquito.”
After much information and advice for the general public, the Faber Garden Center again welcomed a representative of the association on Friday to undertake work targeting employees. Prior to this, the diagnosis was carried out on the spot to determine the places where the tiger mosquito can develop. “In outdoor warehouses, special attention should be paid to tarpaulin pallets. This creates folds and when it rains, larvae develop there. Also be careful with containers in which you water the flowers frequently, the water should not be stagnant” explains the specialist. Holes under or put back the boxes if it is necessary. But here, it is not so bad ”, rejoice.
fast growing type
Dominique Kleiman assures us: “Vigilance is the most important thing. If individuals follow a few simple gestures, it will reduce the number of tiger mosquitoes, which grow very quickly.”. In fact, a female can lay up to 1,000 eggs during her life spanning two to three months. The eggs (viable for one year) are always laid in a dry place and the larvae give birth only a day or two after enclosure. “So we must identify these places that can accommodate eggs and get wet, continued. After that, you have to put the sand in the bowls of the flowerpots and turn everything that is likely to receive water or else you will restrain yourself and empty the containers every 4 to 5 days.”.
Aude Nature will soon lead an awareness campaign about ticks, which are also disease vectors.
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How do you know him?
Smaller than a euro one cent coin (less than 0.5 cm), Aedes albopictus is an “urban” mosquito that lives close to homes. Contrary to popular belief, it owes its name not to the fact that it is tabby, like many other mosquitoes (there are 49 species in the Mediterranean!), but to its aggressiveness. The main criterion for distinguishing him is the white line of his chest. his privacy? Silently fly! It bites very quickly, especially in the legs, in the morning and afternoon, but not at night. If there is no magic solution to avoid bites, it is still recommended to wear loose, light-colored clothing. Another trick, use a fan to keep mosquitoes away, which are disturbed by the resulting wind.
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