The dreaded tiger mosquito is alive and appears to be breeding in Almeria province.
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.
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.