Day-biting invasive mosquito species spreading its range in Austria

Endemic house mosquitoes that are active in the evening hours are enough of a nuisance. In the long term, the diurnal Asian bush mosquito could pester us during the rest of the day as well. For the first time, the mosquito has now been documented in the border areas with northern Italy and Hungary. The Asian bush mosquito is capable of rapid reproduction and without sustainable control measures has the potential to become a new type of plague. Two studies in the journal Parasites & Vectors summarize the findings of a team including Norbert Nowotny of the Vetmeduni Vienna, Bernhard Seidel, and the Austrian Agency for Health and Food Safety (AGES). (Mehr in: Pressemitteilungen – idw – Informationsdienst Wissenschaft)