Tiger mosquitoes: 5 essential information to better protect yourself against them

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Tiger mosquitoes bite during the day

We recognize the tiger mosquito Aedes albopictus to its small size and black and white stripes. Now present over a large part of French territory, it worries the health authorities. And for good reason: this mosquito, which proliferates in different regions, is capable of transmitting dangerous diseases such as dengue, zika or chikungunya. In the Paris region, in the South-West, the Puy-de-Dôme, the Ardèche, the Drôme, the Loire … According to the latest vigilance bulletins, this insect is now “permanently installed” in almost entire France. Our advice on how to react.

Like all mosquitoes, they are more attracted to certain people.

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Stop preconceived ideas! If the culex (the most common mosquitoes) prefer to wait until nightfall to look for prey, this is not the case with tiger mosquitoes, which bite during the day. “Depending on where you are, you can be exposed to mosquito bites at any time of the day “, explains Stéphane Robert, president of Vigilance Moustiques. Hence the interest in adapting its protection.

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Everyone can act to eradicate this pest

“Mosquitoes have a highly developed olfactory system. They are attracted to certain smells, others repel them. But we know that they are baited by CO2 emissions”, explains the specialist. And on this level, we are indeed not all equal. If genetics seem to play a key role, other factors come into account to explain that an individual attracts more mosquitoes than his neighbor at a time T: food, alcohol consumption, physical activity or again the way of breathing … all these parameters influence our carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions and our perspiration, and can promote bites.

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