2 Jun, 2021 @ 15:00
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EASY, TIGER: This summer’s tiger mosquito plague could be less severe than previous years in Spain’s Valencia

Tiger Mosquito
A tiger mosquito

THE dreaded tiger mosquito plague that sweeps the Valencia region every summer could be less severe this year.

Pest control experts in Valencia city believe that the lack of torrential rain over recent months means there are no flooded areas in which the insect can breed.

In fact, Valencia city is said to be relatively free of all plagues, including rats and cockroaches, which are controlled all year round.

According to council technicians, the tiger mosquito breeds in small areas of stagnated water, such as flowerpots or other domestic containers left outside.

Tiger Mosquito

It is rarely detected in large, open surfaces such as the Albufera lake, where the common mosquito is usually found and kept in check by manual and helicopter fumigation.

Experts closely monitor prime reproduction sites to follow the evolution of possible plagues and treat them immediately to prevent their spread.

As most of the rainfall registered lately in the area has been gradual, not torrential, most public spaces are safe – but the worry now is private property.

Homeowners are advised to empty out any containers that have filled with stagnant water, turning pots upside down when it rains and keeping a check on any pools or small ponds.

Council workers will go door to door to inform residents in Valencia city about what to do to prevent outbreaks, and more information is available here


Glenn Wickman

Glenn is a trained and experienced journalist, having obtained a BA Hons degree in Journalism and Communication Studies with Spanish from Middlesex University (London) in 2001.
Since then he has worked on several English-language newspapers in Alicante Province, including 11 years at the Costa Blanca News.
He is trilingual in English, Spanish and Catalán/Valenciano, a qualified ELT teacher and translator with a passion for the written word.
After several years in Barcelona, Glenn has now returned to the Costa Blanca (Alicante), from where he will cover local stories as well as Valencia and Castellón/Costa Azahar.
Please drop him a line if you have any news that you think should be covered in either of these areas, he will gladly get in touch!

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