Aedes albopictus (Skuse, 1895)

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Report the species

Report Aedes albopictus to the National Museum of Natural History.

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Status and distribution in Luxembourg

There have been no documented observations of the species in Luxembourg so far. The species has established itself near Heidelberg (Germany), Limburg (Netherlands), Strasbourg and Reims (France), less than 200 km from Luxembourg. An egg clutch was observed in August 2018 on a motorway rest area near Arlon (Belgium) and we estimate that the species could arrive in Luxembourg around 2019-2020.

Source: European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control: The map shows the current known distribution of Aedes albopictus in Europe at at ‘regional’ administrative level (NUTS3), as of January 2018.

In 2016, the National Natural History Museum carried out a survey on mosquito species in Luxembourg. In July and August, ten mosquito traps were installed in different locations throughout the country. The BG-Sentinel 2 traps from the company Biogents were run for 24 hours once every week until the end of October. The catch was preserved in deep freezers and transferred to the Museum for identification.

In June 2017, the catch was identified with mosquito specialist Dr. Francis Schaffner from the University of Zurich. No invasive species were found among the caught specimens.

A public petition (n°1071) for a public health policy that effectively combats the implantation of tiger mosquitoes, vectors of diseases, in Luxembourg, was introduced on 10th July 2018 and was open for signatures until 19th September 2018 (Sarno Bomfim 2018).

The tiger mosquito is an aggressive outdoor day-biter that is associated with the transmission of many human diseases, including Dengue, West Nile and Japanese Encephalitis viruses. The Asian tiger mosquito is spread via the international tyre trade (due to the rainwater retained in the tires when stored outside).

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Potential breeding site for the tiger mosquito.

Risk assessment

ISEIA protocol: C0 (2+3+1+1) (Ries et al. 2017: 68).

Bibliography

  • Boukraa, S., Dekoninck, W., Versteirt, V., Schaffner, F., Coosemans, M., Haubruge, E., Francis, F., 2015. Updated checklist of the mosquitoes (Diptera: Culicidae) of Belgium. Journal of Vector Ecology, 40(2), 398-407. [doi: 10.1111/jvec.12180]
  • Ries, C., A. Arendt, C. Braunert, S. Christian, A. Dohet, A. Frantz, G. Geimer, M. Hellers, J. A. Massard, X. Mestdagh, R. Proess, N. Schneider & M. Pfeiffenschneider, 2017. Environmental impact assessment and black, watch and alert list classification after the ISEIA Protocol of invertebrates in Luxembourg. Bull. Soc. Nat. luxemb. 119: 63-70. [PDF 360 KB]
  • Sarno Bomfim, JA, 2018. Pétition publique n°1071 – Pour une politique de santé publique qui combatte effectivement l’implantation des moustiques tigres, vecteurs de maladies, au Luxembourg. URL: https://chd.lu/wps/portal/public/Accueil/TravailALaChambre/Petitions/RoleDesPetitions?action=doPetitionDetail&id=1274 [08/08/2018].
  • Théry, P., 2018. Le moustique-​​tigre pourrait bientôt arriver. L’essentiel en ligne du 17 mai 2018.

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