Asian tiger mosquitoes were discovered in Europe a few years ago, and their latest occurrence has already been confirmed in Germany. This invasive species is considered a potential carrier of dangerous fatal diseases.
Due to the globalization of international trade and also due to global warming, the mosquito has spread from Asia to much of the world.
The Asian tiger mosquito also settled in southern European countries, such as France and Italy, in recent years. Apparently it also spread further north and was most recently discovered in West Germany, in the federal state of Hesse.
It transmits deadly diseases
The Hessen Ministry of the Environment has confirmed the occurrence of this invasive species of mosquito, which is dangerous mainly by letting deadly diseases.
The Asian tiger mosquito is a carrier of various tropical viral diseases, especially malaria or dengue fever, as reported by the Bernhard Nocht Institute for Tropical Medicine.
Tiger mosquito, lat. Aedes albopictus, can also transmit another dangerous virus – the Zika virus. In order for tiger mosquitoes to transmit this virus, they must prevent temperatures higher than +27 ° C and look at least 14 days old. However, these high temperatures for two weeks are not common in Europe, so there is no reason to panic.
Experts predict that the milder the winters due to global warming, the more the occurrence of this dangerous insect may move to central parts of Europe, including Slovakia.
How to recognize him?
Asian tiger mosquitoes are about 10-millimeter mosquitoes. A striped black and white body is typical for them. It is an invasive species from India, but can survive anywhere in the world in relatively warm climates. You can spend the winter in greenhouses, on attics, etc.
A few years ago, Bill Gates called these mosquitoes “the deadliest insect in the world.”