THE COMPANY contracted to carry out annual pest control works on the Mar Menor began its campaign this week to raise awareness of the outbreaks of tiger mosquito larvae in the area.
The tiger mosquitos have become a significant pest in many communities because they closely associates with humans (rather than living in wetlands) and typically fly and feed in the daytime as well as at dusk and dawn.
Tiger mosquitos can transmit many viral pathogens, including the yellow fever virus, dengue fever, and Chikungunya fever, as well as several filarial nematodes such as Dirofilaria immitis. They are capable of hosting the Zika virus and considered a potential vector for Zika transmission among humans.
To contain infestations and prevent the spread and establishment, the company will carry out entomological surveillance and lay larvicide treatments all over the municipality.
Councillor for Quality of Life, Francisco Calderon, explained at the presentation of the campaign on Tuesday that it is important that residents report any pest in their home or its vicinity, whether mosquitoes or other animals, including seagulls.
Residents wishing to report any incidences related to pests should telephone 968 128 957 or email [email protected].
As far as prevention is concerned, Calderon urged residents to avoid leaving open water containers where they can hatch mosquitoes and destroy food that will attract gulls.