video.  Charente-Maritime tries to tame the tiger mosquito

Moustique tigre 1 Table Tennis 0. Two years ago, Jean-François Aslin put the ping-pong table away. The insect attacks were so cruel that she could not continue to play outside with her grandson. “We have to deal with it,” this retired Chaniers young man accepts. The presence of mosquitoes in his charming garden, rue des Hirondels, has been documented since 2019. Regularly, the Council’s Mosquito Control Service operates …

Moustique tigre 1 Table Tennis 0. Two years ago, Jean-François Aslin put the ping-pong table away. The insect attacks were so cruel that she could not continue to play outside with her grandson. “We have to deal with it,” this retired Chaniers young man accepts. The presence of the mosquito has been documented in his charming garden, rue des Hirondels, since 2019. The County Council’s Mosquito Control Service comes in regularly to locate traps set to contain the beast.

Jean-François Asseline works with the Mosquito Control Service to reduce the number of mosquitoes in his garden.

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This service was founded in the 1960s to combat the so-called “comfort” mosquito, those that bother you during an appetizer but are not dangerous to health. It has 19 workers, a large number but necessary to prevent the harmful spread of tourism.

It is a major economic issue. If there is a swarm of mosquitoes near the camp site, it empties within an hour. We use organic products to destroy caterpillars in swamps or wet bushes.

For this trap, the principle is to encourage the female to lay eggs on a piece of polystyrene.  Thus, the larvae remain outside the water and do not hatch.
For this trap, the principle is to encourage the female to lay eggs on a piece of polystyrene. Thus, the larvae remain outside the water and do not hatch.

Philip Maynard / “The Southwest”

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The control of tiger mosquitoes is supported by the state, via the Regional Health Agency (ARS). Viruses can actually carry bad viruses: dengue, chikungunya, Zika, arbovirus. This has not yet happened in New Aquitaine and the goal is specifically to avoid it.

In Charente-Maritime, the ARS entrusted the hunting of tiger mosquitoes to the service headed by Sébastien Chouin, under the auspices of the county councilor Dominique Rabelle.
In Charente-Maritime, the ARS entrusted the hunting of tiger mosquitoes to the service headed by Sébastien Chouin, under the auspices of the county councilor Dominique Rabelle.

Philip Maynard / “The Southwest”

In 2014, an insect was first spotted in a rest area on the highway in Chernyak. The place has been remedied and the monster didn’t show its nose until 2018. “We won four years,” notes Sebastian Chuen, head of the Mosquito Control Service.

“The circle has not been invaded, but we must remain vigilant.”

Lazy tiger mosquito. Bad “sailboats”, they radiate no more than 150 meters, when other species can swallow more than ten stops. On the other hand, it is transported by plane, boat and car. That is why the authorities monitor airports, seaports or … highway service areas in particular.

On the sidelines of the press conference, a point of stagnant water was discovered at the bottom of a vase.  The water was infested with mosquitoes.
On the sidelines of the press conference, a point of stagnant water was discovered at the bottom of a vase. The water was infested with mosquitoes.

Philip Maynard / “The Southwest”

stagnant water chase away

The United Nations is a national website and others Application prepared by the department – “i Mosquito” – Invite people to report the intruder. It was spotted in seven municipalities: Saintes in 2018, Chaniers and Nieul-sur-Mer in 2019, Saint-Georges-d’Oléron and Périgny in 2020, Saint-Georges-de-Didonne and Saint-Sauveur-d’Aunis in 2021 Maybe there are others. “The department has not been invaded, but we must remain vigilant,” Sebastian Schoen insists.

In the water, you can see captured mosquitoes.
In the water, you can see captured mosquitoes.

Philip Maynard / “The Southwest”

Prevention includes “good gestures”: emptying dishes from flower pots or putting sand in them; cover water tanks; cleaning gutters, manholes, hoods; Put anything that can hold rainwater away. In short, throw out all potential nurseries.

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