The weather in Hungary is very favourable for the tiger mosquitos who hide mostly in the gardens of family houses, and half a decilitre of water is already enough for dozens of them to evolve. Therefore, experts ask for the help of the people to be able to deal with the problem.
As we reported before, the Asian tiger mosquito first appeared in Hungary six years ago. Unfortunately, the species was identified last summer as well. It can spread 22 types of viruses, including yellow fever and the Zika virus. The spread of the mosquitos continued this year as well, so experts would like to involve people to be able to draw their proliferation map. According to 24, since the species is indigenous in the tropical climate, in Hungary,
only the warmest months are ideal for them to multiply.
Thanks to the heatwave and the many heavy showers of rain in the last few weeks, the larvas could evolve quicker because a hot and wet environment is ideal for them. As a result, people detected them in many regions of the country.
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Therefore, ecologists asked for the help of the people and await samples from the as-of-yet-lower-represented counties of Hungary, like Somogy, Komárom-Esztergom, Vas, Nógrád, Győr-Moson-Sopron, Tolna, and Zala. Tiger mosquitos are pushy, attack even in daylight, and can carry a lot of dangerous diseases. Furthermore, they cause stings that disappear only slowly. Therefore, effective protection against them is essential since authorities have to know where they live and screen them for the different viruses they might carry.
This information is important to
design an efficient clearing process
avoiding the spread of polluting chemicals everywhere in the country. Dr Zsolt László Garamszegi, director of the Centre for Ecological Research, added that they need photos from every region of the country to be able to monitor the spread of the bloodthirsty insects.
Dr Zoltán Soltész, a fellow scientist of the Centre for Ecological Research, said that they received 573 reports in 2020, and 35 of them were tiger mosquitos. Most of them came from Budapest and Pest County.
The larvas of the mosquito evolve mostly in the gardens of family houses where they would like to find water that is not in contact with the earth. For example, a barrel full of rainwater or objects covered with foil are ideal for them, and
dozens of them can hatch in only half a decilitre of water.
If people terminate such potential habitats, they can quickly reduce the number of all mosquitos.