Tiger Mosquito Stings
The annoying tiger mosquito, known to be an active insect during the day, can carry a virus that, starting from Asia and Africa, also goes to the Caribbean and Puerto Rico. The victims of the tiger mosquito bite have been many and, care must be taken of a pandemic spread.
The bite of the tiger mosquito is not only annoying, because it also torments us during the day, but the so-called mosquito seems to carry a virus that has the name Chikungunya. The first cases of infection of this virus have been verified in Asia and Africa, however, it spreads quickly, probably due to the easy migration of mosquitoes, given that, as far as is known, it can not be transmitted between people.
What is the Tiger Mosquito Sting?
It has the scientific name: Aedes Albopictus, and is an insect native to Southeast Asia, present for some years in many cities. Unlike other insects, this one is smaller and additionally presents the typical stripes on the legs and on the body.
A common characteristic about it, is the fact that the female is the one who bites to feed with the blood the eggs that she carries in the uterus. The bite causes larger and more painful swelling compared to other mosquitoes, which makes it easier to identify.
It should be noted that the tiger mosquito insect needs a small amount of water to deposit the eggs, so containers with water, dishes, showers, abandoned tires with standing water are the places where the mosquito can breed.
In fact, the eggs, once they have been submerged in the surface of the water, open up. The larvae proliferate there and in 6-8 days they become the adult mosquito.
This insect usually bites during the day, preferably in the morning and at dusk. It is active from May to October, although with variations related to the climate and the season, after which it deposits its resistant eggs, able to overcome even the absence of water, the rigid winter temperatures and, arrive to the following summer.
Know the Symptoms of Chinkungunya Mosquito Sting
It is also known as Chinkungunya mosquito, and is one of the worst species that carries a powerful virus that besides causing strong pain could cause paralysis. The virus that this insect spreads is called Chinkungunya, and although the bite of the mosquito in question is not lethal, the virus can cause muscle spasm.
Among the most common symptoms that are observed after the mosquito bites of this species, we have the following:
The presence of high fever.
Strong joint and muscle pain.
Headache and even paralysis.
Apparently among other things, the symptoms, although on rare occasions could be prolonged for months or even years, in extreme situations can cause even death. Therefore, to make the bite and the debilitating process of the virus less painful, it is necessary to give the affected person anesthetics.
On the other hand, Chinkungunya virus fever transmitted by this mosquito manifests itself with symptoms similar to those of influenza: high fever, headache, fatigue, and, above all, significant joint pain.
In some cases a skin manifestation that can cause itching may develop. Fever, rarely, lasts more than a week, while joint pain may persist for weeks or even months.
It is necessary to clarify that the transmission of the virus does not happen through direct contact between one person and another, but it is the Chinkungunya mosquito that transmits the virus through insect bites.
What to do with Tiger Mosquito Stings?
If you have been bitten by this insect, it can cause swelling and itching, which sometimes is accompanied by pain and redness. Among the recommendations are the following:
Apply a wrap with cold water or ice to slow down the absorption of the poison and relieve pain (the ice should not be placed directly in contact with the skin).
The itching and the inflammatory reaction can be controlled with a hydrocortisone cream, freely available in pharmacies and which is easy to apply following the instructions in the box in which the product comes.
Attention with the application of ammonia, since in addition to having an undocumented efficacy, it can be responsible for localized irritations if it is not properly diluted.
The doctor should be consulted when the measures described above have not helped, and the symptoms resulting from the bite of the insect are still present after 2-3 days, even more so if the signs of an infection appear, which is suspected when the The affected area becomes red, warm, swollen and feverish.
To limit the reproduction of the mosquito in question, prevention is essential, such as the measures that we provide below:
If it is possible to eliminate from the gardens and balconies all the containers filled with water that facilitate the multiplication of the tiger mosquito. Otherwise, it is appropriate to cover them with a mosquito net. As an alternative they can be emptied once a week, to interrupt the life cycle of the mosquito.
In the stagnation of water that can not be emptied, it is best to add a non-toxic biological larvicide every 7 days or every 14-21 days, provided it is a product of low toxicity for humans and animals, using the recommended doses by the manufacturer, to inhibit the development of larvae. Another possibility is to add any copper sulphate crystal for every liter of stagnant water.
Keep the grass of the gardens well cut, eliminating the weeds.
Place red fish, which feed on the larvae of insects, in garden containers.
Recommend to neighbors and friends to follow these simple rules.
Remember, before leaving on vacation, save in the event of rain all water containers and leave a trusted person in charge to continue with these tips until you get back from vacation.
It is useful to adopt measures to prevent mosquito bites, avoid the use of perfumes and hairspray, use mosquito nets or insect repellents (in the form of lotions, spray, or electric coils). The repellents are applied based on their respective rules of use and should be avoided for those who have unwanted allergic reactions.
It is important that we protect ourselves to avoid being bitten by the tiger mosquito, we can use repellent products on the skin and in dresses, as well as insecticide diffusers in closed environments. While, in open air, and in areas of abundant vegetation, it is advisable to wear long pants, long-sleeved shirts, and preferably be light colors.
Finally, and perhaps one of the most important recommendations to follow is to avoid areas that are strongly at risk, such as swampy waters and areas with high stagnant humidity. Keep in mind that the fight against the Chinkungunya mosquito can be overcome only with the collaboration of all citizens, therefore, avoid water stagnation and use larvicidal products.