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.