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The Mosquito

Mosquito Control in The Alt Emporda area of the Costa Brava

Twenty Species of Mosquito breed on the Ampordian Coast, mainly in marshland areas and the small lakes.

The Culex Pipiens Mosquito relies on urban water for it's Life Cycle.
Mosquito eggs Mosquito Pupa Mosquito Lava The Adult Mosquito
Mosquito life cycle: Females lay c200 eggs on water Each egg forms a Pupa The Pupa develop into Lava Each Lava becomes a mosquito

Avoiding Mosquito Bites

Use an EPA-registered insect repellent such as those with DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

When weather permits, wear long-sleeves, trousers and socks when outdoors. Mosquitoes may bite through thin clothing, so spraying clothes with repellent containing permethrin or another EPA-registered repellent will give extra protection. Mosquitoes are most likely to bite in the early morning and evening.

Soothing Mosquito bites

The MosquitoCrotamiton ointment (which you can buy at pharmacies) is soothing when rubbed onto itchy skin.

A steroid cream may be useful to reduce any inflammation. For example, hydrocortisone which you can buy at pharmacies or get on prescription. A doctor may prescribe a stronger steroid cream in some cases.

Antihistamines tablets may be useful if you have lots of bites. You can buy these at pharmacies, or get them on prescription. Antihistamines block the action of histamine. This is a chemical which is released in sites of skin reactions and contributes to the itch and inflammation.
As a general rule, try to ignore mosquito bites (easier said than done!) - in this part of Spain the risk of serious illness is generally low. Scratching bites may cause infections and although providing temporary relief it will prolong the annoyance of the bite.

It is advisable to visit a doctor or the local hospital if you are bitten to an excessively degree

How Property owners can reduce the problem of Mosquitoes:

The Servei de Control de Mosquits de la Badia de Roses i del Baix Ter at the Ajuntament de Roses in Casttello de Empuries (SCM) is responsible for the control of Mosquito infestations in the area. Phone (972) 75 96 43.

Although the Roses area does not generally have a great Mosquito problem, the following simple steps will reduce the Mosquito population further:

Septic Tanks: Ensure that all cover are tightly shut and if possible covered with earth.
Air Chambers, Cellars & 'Caves' Ensure these rooms remain dry and install mosquito nets over entrances.
Canals & Gutters Ensure all rainwater canals & gutters on your property are clear so that stagnant water cannot accumulate. For canals and gutters situated on public property, contact the SCM (or you could be public-spirited and keep them clear yourself!).
Ornamental Ponds & Watering Tanks etc Stock with Goldfish or ''gambussies'' (small fish) as they feed on the lava. The SCM will provide these free of charge.
Wells Cover with hermetically sealed lids or a mosquito net.
Boats etc Empty rainwater regularly.
Patio Syphon Keep a film of paraffin on the surface.
Swimming Pools Completely cover them until required.

By following these routines, you and your guests will derive greater pleasure from a stay in your property.

The Companies & Products listed to below may be of assistance:

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