What to Do About the Tiger Mosquito?

Yikes! The tiger mosquito is being spotted more frequently. This exotic mosquito can transmit various diseases, so it’s better to steer clear of this insect. Want to know more about the tiger mosquito and curious about how to best protect yourself against these insects? Let’s dive in together!

What Is a Tiger Mosquito?

The tiger mosquito originally hails from Southeast Asia but is increasingly being seen in other parts of the world. This is because the larvae or eggs of the mosquito are spread during the import of goods, such as used tires. If a tiger mosquito is infected, it can carry pathogens like chikungunya or dengue. And that’s precisely what many people are afraid of.

Appearance of a Tiger Mosquito

If you’ve spotted a tiger mosquito, it’s important to report it to the Netherlands Food and Consumer Product Safety Authority. But how do you recognize this mosquito? Let’s start with the fact that the tiger mosquito is very difficult to distinguish from other mosquitoes found in the Netherlands. This is partly because more than 30 species of mosquitoes exist in the Netherlands. However, there are various distinguishing features. First, you recognize the mosquito by its size. Its body is always shorter than 2 cm, and the wings are unspotted. Additionally, the mosquito has antennae that are longer than its head. Bizarre, right? The most striking thing about the tiger mosquito are its white details. For example, its legs are black and white striped, and the tips of its hind legs are white. There’s also a white stripe running down its back, and even its proboscis has white details.

Tips to Avoid Tiger Mosquitoes

Are you traveling soon to an area where the tiger mosquito is common, or do you just want to be well-prepared against these insects? Then we have some tips for you.

Wear Appropriate Clothing

If you’re going to a place where there are many tiger mosquitoes, protecting yourself is naturally an added challenge. A simple solution is to wear long clothing! The National Institute for Public Health and the Environment (RIVM) recommends wearing clothes with long sleeves and pants, especially during the day.

Use Mosquito Repellents

Of course, long clothing isn’t always practical. Perhaps you’re on vacation and in temperatures above 30 degrees Celsius. Then mosquito repellents are the solution for you! Products containing DEET provide good protection against the tiger mosquito. Spray or rub these products on your skin, and you won’t have to worry anymore.

Sleep Under a Mosquito Net

If you’d rather not use mosquito repellents or are simply allergic, your best option is to buy a mosquito net. This is especially helpful in your bedroom. With a mosquito net, you’re protected against the exotic mosquito all night, so you can truly enjoy a good night’s sleep.

Bitten by a Tiger Mosquito: What Now?

Did you read our tips too late and get bitten by a tiger mosquito anyway? Then you might experience various symptoms. The bite from a tiger mosquito often hurts. Your skin turns red and swells. You may also suddenly get a fever and severe headaches. Nausea, coughing, and a sore throat are also common. If you experience any of these symptoms, we strongly recommend contacting your doctor. It’s good to know that not everyone gets sick after a tiger mosquito bite. This is because not every mosquito can infect someone with a virus. Additionally, only the female tiger mosquito can bite humans, making the chance of a bite thankfully somewhat smaller!