At home in Isere since 2011 The little biter was introduced in the Department in 2011 and reported over 5 communes of Isere in 2012. In 2013, one site only was added to the list. Last summer, the Tiger mosquito was roaming around the communes of Saint Martin d’Heres, Corenc, Eybens, Gieres, Meylan and Poisat. One off observations in Grenoble still leave room for doubt.
Is the bug on the move ? The mosquito could spread even further over the summer. According to the Rhône-Alpes anti-mosquito association, the little bug is gaining territory. “It’s too early to speak of an infestation”, tempers Gilles Besnard, entomologist at the Rhones Alpes EID, “but ever since it reached the Mediterranean coast, the mosquito made headway seeping into the country.”
If it wasn’t for the painful sting, Tiger mosquitos are also successful bearers of potentially dangerous viruses, such as the dengue fever or the chikungunya, a lethal threat to already weakened individuals.