The tiger mosquito is on the rise in Belgium

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The tiger mosquito is on the rise in Belgium


The tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) is a mosquito that originates from Southeast Asia, but is increasingly appearing in our country. A bite can be dangerous, because the tiger mosquito can transmit viruses such as chikungunya, dengue, West Nile virus, and Zika.

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Tiger mosquito in Belgium

Tiger mosquitoes lay their eggs in layers of water, between plants and, for example, in old car tires. The tiger mosquito has ended up all over the world through trade, including in southern Europe. Partly due to global warming, it is rising towards northern Europe. “This disease is not (yet) established in Belgium, but it is already established in our neighboring countries,” says Sinsano. “Early detection is essential to delay its spread in Belgium and thus prevent outbreaks of mosquito-borne diseases.” Anyone who spots a tiger mosquito is asked to Report it via the website mousesurveillance.beor via the mobile application.

Additionally, you can slow the advance of tiger mosquitoes by thoroughly cleaning rain barrels, flower pots and gutters during the winter months to remove eggs that cling to the sides. At the beginning of the mosquito season (around May) it is also necessary to regularly eliminate stagnant water in terraces and gardens.

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Identifying the tiger mosquito

The tiger mosquito is smaller than the classic Flanders mosquito, and has distinctive black and white stripes on the body and legs. Unlike the mosquitoes we know, the tiger mosquito not only bites in the evening or at night, but is also aggressive during the day.

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He was bitten by a tiger mosquito

You can't tell from the bite itself whether you've been bitten by a tiger mosquito or a common mosquito, because they look quite similar. The bite itself is no longer noticeably itchy. The bite of the female tiger mosquito (the male does not bite humans) is painful.

Cool the bite site with a wet compress or cold compress and, if necessary, use a soothing ointment against skin irritation, for example with aloe vera or calendula. Are you getting more serious complaints? Then be sure to contact your doctor.

Infected tiger mosquitoes carry pathogens such as dengue or chikungunya in their salivary glands. The likelihood of you becoming infected is currently very small, but being vigilant about symptoms of the disease is of course important.

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