Because of rains over the last months, Tiger mosquitoes are remaining active.
Therefore we repeat the advice given earlier by the National Ministry of Health and Regional Health and Sanitation Department – translation below:
What to do when a tiger mosquito bites
The accumulations stagnant water after the passage of the DANA (Gota Fria) through the Region of Murcia has caused these insects to proliferate
The accumulations of water produced after the rains of the September Rains in the Region have become the perfect breeding ground for the tiger mosquito.
It is an insect from Southeast Asia whose presence in the Region of Murcia has ceased to be anecdotal, since it has spread to all the regions of the community. It is the white stripes on its black body that characterise it and give it its name and, unlike common mosquitoes, the tiger acts at all times and can easily bite through clothes.
Taking into account these characteristics and their extension in recent years through the Eastern coast of Spain, the Ministry of Health and the different departments of the affected Regional Authorities have issued a series of recommendations. The main one is precisely to avoid water pooling, either in pots, animal drinking troughs, etc. The main problem for several municipalities in the Region of Murcia today is the accumulation of stagnant water.
How do I know what a tiger mosquito bite is?
The bite of the tiger mosquito is not necessarily annoying at first, however it will get worse as the days go by. The skin becomes red, irritating and itchy and they can even ache due to the significant swelling that usually accompanies them.
The most vulnerable areas for tiger mosquito bites are the legs, since they usually fly to ground level. In addition, with the relatively high temperatures that are still registering in the Region of Murcia it is not always usual to wear the appropriate clothes to protect the extremities from these insects. That is long sleeves and long pants, made of light fabric and light colours.
What to do if a tiger mosquito bites me?
As with all mosquito bites, the most important thing is not to scratch the affected area to prevent swelling and itching from spreading. In addition, it is advisable to wash the area with soap and water and disinfect it. You can also apply ointments with cortisone or medications with ammonia.
As alternative remedies, the application of talcum powder, aloe vera or eucalyptus also assist, as they cool the area.
The tiger mosquitoes can be a transmitters of diseases more associated with hotter latitudes because of which it is necessary to be very cautious. Dengue, chikungunya or yellow fever are just some of the examples. That is why if after the bite you experience fever, vomiting or headache you should immediately consult a doctor.
In addition to avoiding the accumulation of stagnant water and covering the extremities, other ways to prevent its proliferation is to clean the landscaped areas to prevent weeds from growing, since they take advantage of the dark places as habitat.
Mosquito nets are also an effective protection method, as well as repellent products applied to the skin or clothing.
Another point to keep in mind is to avoid perfumes with sweet smells, as they attract insects.