The tiger mosquito (AEDES ALBOPICTUS) is a type proceeding from the Asian Southeast. It is characterized by its white streaks in abdomen and paws and it is long and narrow. It measures from 5 to 10 mm. In warms seasons, its cycle is shortened from the egg up to adult and can complete it in only 7 until 10 days, so they proliferate so much in summer. They reproduce quickly; every female can put 100 eggs.
It appeared in Barcelona in 2004. Since then, it has expanded in the Mediterranean all along the A7 up to Malaga and one believes that this expansion has been thanks to the road transport since an adult just moves in approximately a radio of 500 meters from the birth place. Also, the Mediterranean area has characteristics that favor its expansion: very inhabited areas, good climate and big mobility.
In contrast to the common mosquito, the females of the mosquito tiger prefer to sting during the day, especially early in the morning and in the evening. They fly close to the floor so bites are frequent in ankles, knees and calves.
They put its larvae in water and need very little to proliferate, the little water that remains in the plates of the plants is enough for them to grow. This is why one of the most important actions that we must carry out is to eliminate the stagnant water that we have at home or gardens.
As vector of diseases, we must extreme the precautions on protecting ourselves from this species. The mosquito tiger measures from 5 to 10 mm. Our nets hava a mesh of 256 holes per square inch, what means that every hole measures 2 mm. That them makes effective in the struggle against the mosquito tiger and other species of small size.