Tiger mosquitoes, bedbugs, rats… a Toulouse elected official takes stock of the fight against pests

Tiger mosquitoes, bedbugs, rats… a Toulouse elected official takes stock of the fight against pests
Tiger mosquitoes, bedbugs, rats… a Toulouse elected official takes stock of the fight against pests

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Françoise Ampoulange, municipal councilor in charge of animals, discusses the campaigns to eradicate pests and the health risks inherent to their proliferation.

With global warming, should we expect the number of tiger mosquitoes to explode in the coming years?

There is no reason to be afraid if we trust the scientists. ARS experts maintain that the population self-regulates so as not to endanger the entire species due to a lack of resources. On the other hand, rising temperatures significantly lengthen the activity of the tiger mosquito during the year… In any case, these insects are problematic for the well-being of Toulouse residents.

There is also the health aspect, Brazil experienced “the dengue epidemic of the century” which is transmitted by the tiger mosquito, should we be worried?

This is worrying, until now in Toulouse it was people on vacation in tropical countries who fell ill (7 to 10 days of incubation Editor’s note). We are now seeing more and more that there are indigenous cases. Individuals can be infected without having traveled. It is enough that they were bitten by a “local” tiger mosquito which had previously had contact with an infected person.

What about the proliferation of bedbugs that occupied the media space last fall?

The phenomenon was quite dizzying when the various press outlets took up the subject, we received many reports. Everyone had them. And then once the media fever passed, we no longer received any alerts. We have carried out a lot of work with social landlords so that residents have the right reflexes in the event of the presence of this pest.

What about rats?

In Toulouse it’s a bit like pigeons, we’re not overpopulated but we have to be vigilant, particularly by not leaving trash containers open. We monitor the proliferation using metal boxes fixed under the baskets, where we place the lures, this allows us to monitor rat populations in real time.

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