“Does the tiger mosquito impact your daily life?” A questionnaire launched to find out how citizens manage the insect

“Does the tiger mosquito impact your daily life?” A questionnaire launched to find out how citizens manage the insect
“Does the tiger mosquito impact your daily life?” A questionnaire launched to find out how citizens manage the insect

The doctoral student in sociology, Melissa Mannuci, attached to the Research Center in Social Sciences Sport and Body at Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse in Haute-Garonne, is launching a questionnaire among citizens of the Occitanie region to find out their perception in relation to the risks and nuisances linked to the tiger mosquito.

“Are you concerned about the development of the tiger mosquito in your region?” “Does the tiger mosquito impact your daily life?”

These are some of the questions in a questionnaire that any citizen living in Occitania will be able to answer.

Its author, Mélissa Mannucci, is a doctoral student in sociology, attached to the CreSco Laboratory (Research Center in Social Sciences Sport and Body) at Paul Sabatier University in Toulouse in Haute-Garonne as part of her thesis on “tiger mosquito management (Editor’s note: its real name Aèdes albopictus) by institutional public action, but also by citizen public action”, which constitutes a new approach. This scientific research is co-financed by Public Health France, ARS Occitanie and the RIVOC key challenge “Infectious and Vector Risks”, a system of the University of Montpellier supported by the Occitanie Region.

As part of her work, this researcher has already conducted “semi-structured interviews with 30 citizens in 7 departments of Occitanie (Tarn-et-Garonne, Haute-Garonne, Hautes-Pyrénées, Ariège, Aude, Hérault, Gard ) concerning “the perception of citizens of the Occitanie Region in relation to the risks and nuisances linked to the tiger mosquito”.

By analyzing two processes of adaptation of citizens facing the mosquito, “the fight” and “living with it”, this investigation, which was the subject of an article in the Revue française desaffaires sociales 2024, made it possible to highlight highlighted, the presence of two parallel forms of public action which may or may not converge. “What emerges from these interviews is that a majority of those interviewed are not aware of the potential transmission of diseases by the tiger mosquito, such as dengue, Zika or chikungunya”relates the researcher.

The questionnaire, currently being tested, aims to complete the qualitative survey to better “understand the knowledge, practices and adaptation strategies of the citizens of Occitanie in the face of this pest by updating their different forms of adaptation”. It will soon be put online on the France 3 Occitanie website.

The doctoral student hopes to obtain a thousand answers. Answering it will only take you 10 to 15 minutes. This data will help guide prevention and awareness actions.

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