Return of the tiger mosquito in Rennes and Ille-et-Vilaine: how to protect yourself

The tiger mosquito of tropical origin is characterized by its black and white body. (©Illustration / Pixabay)

The arrival of fine weather and rising temperatures herald the return of a rather tough insect: the tiger mosquito.

At the beginning of May 2022, the Vigilance Moustiques site placed the Ille-et-Vilaine department Orange vigilancewhich means the tiger mosquito bites in time at the moment.

There are two other higher alert levels: red alert (“established and active”) and the scarlet alarm (Cases of reported diseases). They could be activated if the mosquito continues to grow in the area.

Given the situation, the city of Rennes and the Regional Health Agency (ARS) say they are currently working to contain its spread. Here is to do the right things to protect yourself from this insect.

5 tips to protect yourself

At this stage of the season, it’s the goal for the authorities delay maximum colonization and development of larvae. That City of Rennes and the ARS give some tips:

  • Cover water tanks (canisters, cisterns, basins, etc.) and swimming pools.
  • Empty containers containing water (watering cans, saucers, etc.).
  • Change plant and flower water weekly.
  • Check for proper drainage of gutters and sewers.
  • Gather fallen fruit, etc.

These good gestures are also useful for wrestling against traditional mosquitoes. They are all the more effective if the mosquito lives in them a radius of 150 meters around the house.

How do you recognize the tiger mosquito?

The tiger mosquito is of tropical origin and is found in France since 2004. The Métropole de Rennes states that the pest was first seen in Rennes in September 2021.

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The four distinguishing marks of the tiger mosquito. (©Metropolis Rennes / Istock)

The tiger mosquito has 4 identification marks:

  • A black body with white stripes (never brown or yellow) and shiny appearance in the light.
  • A wide white band across the head and chest.
  • A belly has thin white bands enlarged laterally.
  • Black legs with white ends.

It’s potentially dangerous

In some cases, the tiger mosquito can be a vector for serious diseases, such as Dengue feverthat chikungunya at which the Zika. The health authorities are therefore closely monitoring the expansion of the facility.

Rennais and Rennaises can too report the presence of a tiger mosquito at the reporting point.

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