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Mosquitos!

I wonder if any of the Nice experts could advise if there is any risk of mosquitos in October?

I was got some nasty bites during a previous visit in July and don't want a repeat.

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1. Re: Mosquitos!

Not usually an issue in october unless there is standing water near where you are staying and even then october is a low mozzie month

There is currently a huge drive to get rid of standing water to eliminate mozzies

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Slightly worrying , Nice has reported a second confirmed case of locally transmitted Dengue Fever carried by the tiger mosquito, around the university campus area of Carlone-Magnan

nicematin.com/article/…BB-a-nice

Lets hope this gives added impetus to sorting out standing water business.

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Given an earlier experience of finding mosquito larvae in the resevoir of my unemptied air cooler I am now going to propose a correlation of mosquito infestations with the growing penetration of air conditioning units in the area. These are also associated with cases of legionairre's disease I hear.

Ed

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4. Re: Mosquitos!

As Ed says, standing water can be very odd things-air conditioner reservoirs - water under plant pots, abandoned kids paddling pools and even crumpled plastc lying in the corner of a garden collecting rain as well as rainwater reservoirs

Long distance travel has always had the potential to introduce a mosquito bourne disease into an area.

one of the hot topics in UK parasitology years ago, was the likelihood for malaria to be come endemic [again] in southern england round the airports and spreading out to the rest of the country.

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Anecdotal I know, but we haven't suffered anywhere near as many mozzie-bites this year compared with previous years.What with my better half being a mozzie-magnet this good news, and must be down to something. Ed, and Selkie- you being an authority on parasitology (ahem) - is your bite-count up, down, no change?

What we have also noticed is that they seem to be getting smarter. Natural selection I suppose. They used to be easily spotted at rest on white walls and light curtains. Easy-swat. The last we spotted was cunningly camouflaged sitting on our black flatscreen telly. Or perhaps there was a Richard Attenborough film coming up.

Anyway we find these plug-in electrical anti-moustique things from Casino quite effective.

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6. Re: Mosquitos!

Ed, if that were true, then every major city in the world would be infected with malaria, dengue fever, and legionnaire's disease every summer.

But it's simply not true.

Like to grow bromeliads in your garden (relatives of the pineapple plant) -- they're prime breeding ground for mosquitoes...Got a water butt? Yep, there, too. Buckets, fish ponds, lawn ornaments with any sort of depression, plastic as Selkie said, dog dishes, your garden chairs if they don't drain, gutters, old tires, children's toys...how about dead leaves that have curled up in the back corner of your garden?

ANYTHING that holds water contributes to the problem. Air conditioning units *can* hold water....but that makes them but one item on the long, long list of things that hold water.

(and any circulated air system can, if not properly maintained, grow molds and mildews and viruses like Legionnaire's disease...it can be heating units just as easily as cooling units)

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7. Re: Mosquitos!

Parasitology hasn\t been a professional interest for quite a few years but i still find it fascinating

my personal bite count is slightly up - this is due to my daughter spending most of the summer with friends and she is the main mozzie magnet.

However, i think there are fewer mozzies this year.

i have a macro photo of a tiger mosquito biting my hand which i took about 5 or so years ago in Antibes. i found the photo and uploaded it here

…imageshack.us/img193/2495/mosquito1.jpg

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Thanks for that, Selkie -Lets hope that's the first and last I ever see. I'm sure its quite attractive - to other tiger mosquitos.

Photographing one as its about to tuck in to lunch, on your arm, that very brave. I'd have swatted it before you could say "pass the macro lens, please"

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I had to plug my electric repellants back in...it's been an interesting predicament. There are still mozzies in the house because it's warm during the day, even though we close up at night.

But because it's chilly and I'm buried under the covers, the little b*st*rds have left welts all over my face....biting whatever warm blood they can find.

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.>>>.....if that were true, then every major city in the world would be infected with malaria, dengue fever, and legionnaire's disease every summer<,<,

True, sunshine 817, but both mosquitos and air conditioning have been very rare on the coast until the Canicule of 2003 . But I am very impressed by selkie's Tiger mosquito from Antibes. I must say I have not been able to identify the species as on any occurance I have bashed the critter on hearing that alarming buzz.

Ed