The tiger mosquito is waking up

France 3 - Aedes albopictus et ses fameuses rayures / © Photo EID Méditerranée J-B Ferré

We’ve almost forgotten about tiger mosquitoes during the coronavirus lockdown, but pay attention, because the mosquitoes are waking up very soon.

Tiger mosquitoes start hatching at the beginning of May.  It’s time for action, and to take steps to stop them breeding in your home or garden.

Mosquitoes like still water.  They lay their eggs in the water, and if they remain undisturbed for several days, the eggs hatch.

One way to reduce the presence of tiger mosquitoes is to drain away all stagnant water, including anything outside that could collect rainwater, and even vases of flowers filled with water inside.

The advice is to replace water with sand, or to change vases several times a week, to prevent female mosquitoes from laying eggs in the water.

Think about where old tyres are being stored, there may be water inside the rim.  Don’t leave water in saucers or in containers under plant pots.

France 3 – Des vieux pots au fond du jardin, le gîte idéal pour une famille de moustiques tigre / © A.S Mandrou/Ftv

The life cycle

Eggs are laid in water, and will hatch into larvae within 24 to 48 hours.  If the water source evaporates before the larvae and pupae within it transform into adult mosquitoes, those young will die.

Within seven to ten days, larvae enter the pupal stage.  After a mosquito is fully developed, it will emerge as an adult from its pupal case. At this time, the new adult stands on the water and dries its wings to prepare for flight. Adult female mosquitoes will then seek an animal on which to feed. Females are capable of flying for miles if necessary and can lay over 100 eggs at a time.

We can all help

Think about potential areas where the eggs might be living, and eliminate them.  Pass the message on to your friends and neighbours, we can all help to combat the problem.