Biology of Tiger mosquitoes.
The tiger mosquito, Aedes albopitus, is small, black and with white stripes.
It pecks mainly during the day, from early morning to late afternoon. It usually does below the knees and your bite can be very painful.
It rests outside the houses, in damp and shady areas; it doesn’t fly at high altitude (up to about 1. 5m) or travel long distances (about 400m in its entire life), which means that the mosquitoes we have in our homes are breeding nearby.
Where does the Mosquito come from? What is its origin?
The tiger mosquito is native to Southeast Asia. In 1985 it was detected in the USA and passed to Italy in 1991. In 2004 he came to Spain and in 2012 to Mallorca. This expansion is because it usually travels like a stowaway in vehicles, as it enters while trying to sting us.
How can I prevent a tiger mosquito bite?
• Remove water from potted dishes every 7 days.
• Empty the stagnant water inside the amphorae.
• Cover any container, such as buckets, to prevent build-up.
• Keep pools and fountains chlorinated.
• Voracious predators of larvae in ponds and washers.
• Regularly clean the gutters so that they do not accumulate water.
• Empty or close sinks as much as possible.
• Monitor and drain any items likely to accumulate water, such as toys.
• Take into account leaks from uncontrolled taps.
What is the life cycle of a tiger mosquito?
Females of tiger mosquitoes need our blood to develop eggs, so they bite us.
Each female can lay about 150 eggs in small accumulations of water.
The larvae hatch the next day; they feed in the water for about six days until they become pupa and after two days the adult emerges, which will close the cycle again.
What do we do?
1) Information. We request information by phone at 971 144 500 or by email at info@dmaplagas. es
2) Inspection. DMA Plagas Control inspects and evaluates treatment strategies.
3) Advice. We advise personally, taking into account the characteristics of the place, environment and particular needs.
4) Planning. We establish treatment, monitoring and control plans based on mosquito biology.
5) Treatments. Periodic performance with biological larvicidal treatments in sinks, rain records, etc.