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Bilbao residents suffer from tiger mosquito plague

Tiger mosquito invasion on the rise.

Jeickson Sulbaran

September 15, 2023 | 4:30 p.m.

The capital of Guipúzcoa, San Sebastián, has confirmed the presence of tiger mosquito in various areas of the city, from urban to industrial areas. The San Sebastián City Council, in collaboration with Neiker and the Health Department of the Basque Government, has established a surveillance plan to monitor and control the population of this insect vector. Mass fumigation is ruled out for now, given the 2a risk level classification by the Ministry of Health.

Concern Spreads: Neighbors on alert

In sectors where the presence of the tiger mosquito has been confirmed, the municipal Public Health Service has informed the neighbors preventive measures to contain the spread of the insect. These guidelines are vital, especially given that the tiger mosquito carries diseases such as Dengue, Zika and Chikungunya.

Historical Background: A long-standing enemy

The tiger mosquito is not a newcomer to Euskadi. The first case was recorded in 2014 in Irún. Since then, the number of localities on alert has been increasing, confirming the danger that this insect represents for public health and citizen tranquility.

Life Cycle and Reproduction: Understanding to Combat

The tiger mosquito has a preference for stagnant water containers such as pots and tires to deposit between 150 and 250 eggs per clutch. Therefore, one of the key strategies in the fight against its expansion is to avoid accumulations of water. It should be noted that the mosquito's life cycle is shortened with higher water temperatures, which could aggravate the problem in hot weather.

External Factors: Climate change and globalization

We live in a time when external factors, such as climate change and globalization, are facilitating the spread of the tiger mosquito. High mobility and international freight transport are catalysts for the proliferation of this species.

Collaboration as a Solution: A joint effort

Eradication of the tiger mosquito is considered a utopia in the current scenario. However, It is possible to stop its expansion through a collective effort. Public institutions, pest control companies and the community must work together to create an environment less conducive to the reproduction of the insect.

A growing problem that requires immediate action

The situation in San Sebastián is a worrying indicator for other cities such as Bilbao, Barakaldo or Getxo. This is not an isolated problem, but rather a growing threat that requires effective preventive actions and citizen collaboration. It is imperative to act now to minimize future risks.

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