This south-east Asian mosquito has a characteristic white stripe along its head and thorax. It’s extremely nasty and attacks during the day, unlike the native types.
I wrote an interesting article for the Costa Almeria News this week looking into the problem and asking some of the local councils what they’re planning to do, so pick up a copy for more information.
Councils have been wrong footed by the early start to the mosquito season which now require an extraordinary budget outlay. The area is usually sprayed by a specialised pest control company using a helicopter.
A natural biological agent called “bacillus thurigiensis” which only attacks mosquito larvae is used. A substrain of this bacterium is especially active against inserts of the order Diptera (flies and mosquitoes), and it is this natural bacterium that is used to control their larvae.