Tiger mosquitos not welcome in Benissa

Not welcome here
EDUCATION ON PREVENTION: Tiger mosquitos have become a significant pest in many communities Photo credit Benissa Ayuntamiento

BENISSA recently began its campaign to educate residents on how to prevent tiger mosquito infestations.

Tiger mosquitos have become a significant pest in many communities because they closely associate 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 Dirofilariaimmitis. They are capable of hosting the Zika virus and considered a potential vector for Zika transmission among humans.

The town council has distributed 4,000 booklets across the municipality with guidelines on how to prevent, control and eliminate tiger mosquito infestations.

The booklets are written in English, German, Spanish and Valencian and have been distributed in the busiest areas of the town – they are also available in the town centre and along the coast.

As far as prevention is concerned, Benissa urged residents to avoid leaving open water containers where the mosquitos will breed.

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  1. Thanks for the feedback, you can visit the town hall and pick up a copy of the leaflet or please see some basic information below:

    Do not leave containers outside which can collect water or if you have to leave them outside, empty twice a week, put upside down. This includes: toys, ashtrays, vases, buckets, drums, dishes under pots, pet dishes, plastic swimming pools , etc.
    – Avoid accumulation of water in drainage areas or drainage gutters.
    – Avoid holes and depressions in the ground where water can accumulate and cover the holes in the trunks of trees filling them with sand.
    – Protect wells and cisterns with mosquito nets.
    – Properly maintain the water in swimming pools by means of chlorination and if possible keep them covered while not in use. Try to ensure that the tarpaulins and plastics covers installed do not accumulate water.


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