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Mosquito Infestation in Mallorca: Tips for Protection Against Bloodsucking Insects

The recent humid and warm climate has led to increased hatching of mosquito larvae, particularly on mild late summer evenings, causing discomfort due to these aggressive bloodsuckers. The spread of tiger mosquitoes, increasingly prevalent in Mallorca, adds to the challenge. Here are some tips to protect yourself from mosquito bites:

Preventing Spread:

1. Avoid Standing Water:

Puddles and flowerpots with water remnants are ideal breeding grounds for mosquitoes.

Protective Measures against mosquito bites:

1. Mosquito Nets and Screens:

Install mosquito nets on windows and use screens around the bed for nighttime protection.

2. Mosquito Repellents:

Apply products containing DEET, Icaridin, or Citriodiol to the skin.

3. Mosquito Plugs and Ultrasound Devices:

Use mosquito plugs (insecticide vaporizers) with caution, as their long-term use is debated for health reasons. The effectiveness of ultrasound devices is not conclusively proven.

Treating Mosquito Bites:

1. Bite Heaters:

Warming the bite site to around 50°C using bite heaters can help break down protein compounds in the insect venom.

2. Gels and Creams:

Products like Fenistil Gel can alleviate itching and swelling.

Complications and special attention for mosquito bites:

1. Seek Medical Attention for Severe Reactions:

If there are pronounced reactions like spreading redness, fever, or chills after a mosquito bite, consult a doctor.

2. Tiger Mosquito:

This aggressive Asian mosquito is active during the day and can penetrate clothing. If spotted, please promptly report to the 24-hour hotline 112.

The control of tiger mosquitoes is challenging, and despite their aggressiveness, no diseases have been transmitted by this mosquito species in Mallorca. However, preventive measures and careful handling can contribute to better protection against mosquito bites.

 

FAQs about protection against mosquitoes and mosquito bites

How effective are mosquito repellents against tiger mosquitoes?
Mosquito repellents with DEET, Icaridin, or Citriodiol are effective against tiger mosquitoes.
Use mosquito plugs cautiously as their long-term use is debated for health reasons.
Bite heaters, gels, and creams like Fenistil Gel can help alleviate itching and swelling.
While tiger mosquitoes are aggressive, no diseases have been transmitted by them in Mallorca.
Wear long-sleeved clothing, use mosquito nets, and avoid standing water.