Dangerous mosquitoes expected in Rheinland-Pfalz this season
On our spring break trip to Holland, the quilt of colorful tulips and hyacinth blossoms that blanketed the flat landscape out our window took our breath away as we drove from one destination to the next. We might have thought it was all just a dream if we hadn’t been startled by the rhythmic splat of bugs hitting our windshield every kilometer. Unusually warm spring weather is wonderful for farmers and flower enthusiasts, but it does not bode well for those who dread mosquito season.
Should we expect a bad year for mosquitoes in the Pfalz?
In the Rheinland-Pfalz, the first winged critters of the year have appeared two to three weeks earlier than normal. Mosquito eggs are known to have survived long winters in puddles, outdoor water containers, like rain barrels and pet dishes, and drainage areas.
Known for carrying yellow and dengue fevers and Zika virus, the Asian tiger breed (Aedes albopictus) is on the list of the world’s worst invasive mosquitoes. Specimens have already been found in Baden-Württemberg, and experts expect the species to continue to spread northward into cities in the Rheinland-Pfalz this season.
Read how to prevent mosquito bites to protect yourself and your family through the warmest months, and seek medical advice right away if you experience significant swelling or if you do get bitten.
For more information about Zika virus, visit www.cdc.gov/zika/prevention/index.html.