Alicante, fourth in 'tiger' exports
A scientific study has revealed that certain Spanish provinces have accidentally 'exported' tiger mosquitos, inside vehicles, to other parts of Spain.
Barcelona heads the list of mosquito exporting provinces, followed by Tarragona, Alicante and Murcia.
Scientists taking part in the Mosquito Alert project in Baix Llobregat (Barcelona) were able to prove the spread of the tiger mozzies via vehicles.
They examined 770 vehicles randomly at ITV stations and at motorway tolls using a special vacuum to catch mozzies that tend to hide under the seats.
With the information obtained, the scientists made a mathematic model to predict tiger mosquito travel within vehicles between Spanish provinces.
A tiger mosquito can only fly a couple of hundred metres from where it was born.
Roger Eritja, from Mosquito Control in Baix Llobregat, said: "Up to now we knew that mosquitos spread via air traffic and shipping. Now we have the studies to prove that mosquitos also spread to other areas inside vehicles, so we can use this information to better control this species, which can spread various diseases.
Fanny Serrano with Roberto Fuentes