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The technicians of the campaign to control the gulls and the tiger mosquito ask for more citizen collaboration (10/05/2017)

The councilor of the area of ​​Quality of Life, Francisco Calderón, presented this morning the municipal campaign to control the populations of seagulls and tiger mosquito, which have a special attention at this time of year by the arrival of warmer temperatures.

In the presentation of the campaign, the mayor made reference to the management of the population of seagulls, about what he has said that "the numbers endorse the good work", after acting "in a special way by the egg level Destroy the nest ", which has already favored the displacement of many specimens from the north of Cartagena to other areas outside the city.

The mayor has been accompanied by the top technician of the municipal laboratory, Nuria Vergara, and the biologists of the pest control company Nuria Moreno and Irene Carrión, who explained during the presentation of the campaign, the seagulls have begun to build Their nests on cliffs outside of Cartagena and in the Arsenal.

Calderon has stated that, in the case of the tiger mosquito, the municipal campaign is already under way and will continue until December.

It is, he emphasized, "a campaign that has news and an important reinforcement in relation to those of previous years," while highlighting "the support received by the Department of Zoology and Physical Anthropology of the University of Murcia".

Next, the person responsible for Quality of Life has emphasized the importance of citizen collaboration to promote "a fluid channel of communication that serves the neighbor in a fast and effective," and that must be done in two ways, Such as the follow up of the councils by the neighbors and the support to the technicians so that they can carry out their work, receiving them and facilitating them to access the pockets and nests of pests.

In addition, these initiatives are complemented by information campaigns, talks, recommendations or door-to-door visits.

In this sense, Vegara has asked the citizens "to open their doors" to the technicians of the concessionaire company to "value in gardens where the presence of the tiger mosquito has been detected", so that it can be assessed if it is a focus of Breeding and setting traps.

Calderón concluded by thanking the concessionaire's service company for "going beyond its powers, acting in buildings of other administrations", while advising opposition political groups to "gather information" before issuing a value judgment Which can lead to an unjustified social alarm.

In turn, Nuria Vergara has reported that, in the control of the yellow-legged gull population, the methodology used in previous years will be repeated, based on the control of the reproduction of this bird.

Vergara explained that "one of the fundamental pillars of control of the bird is the availability of food," which is why citizen collaboration is needed to avoid it.

Concerning the tiger mosquito, he emphasized that "it is demonstrated that this type of mosquito does not need large water surfaces to do egg laying" but that it is sufficient with small amounts of water, so "citizen collaboration is fundamental for not Leave watering, control the irrigation of pots or water of pets.


Irene Carrión, referring to the control of the population of seagulls, has stated that "all points in the database will be reviewed".

The methodology used is the drop at egg level to "make them unfeasible and not continue with their development".

The experience accumulated by the company allows the company to anticipate the behavior of this animal and, therefore, has been advanced the beginning of the campaign, "because the seagulls are ahead of the set each year."

This year all the points have already been revised, in addition to being extended to the nests that are notified by the citizens.

To date, 210 eggs have been discarded and the nests will be checked several more times until the end of the season, due to the possibility of re-laying.

Finally, Carrión has reported on some easy-to-follow tips for bird control in general:

Do not throw food in parks, squares or gardens.

Collect waste efficiently in school settings.

Do not feed the birds.

Close containers properly after use.

Place obstacles where nests have been observed in previous years or observe the new formation of the nest in the campaign season to alert the annual campaign services and ensure a more prompt and effective action.


Also involved was the biologist specializing in the tiger mosquito control campaign, Nuria Moreno.

In 2017 he repeats methodology, based on the "establishment of an entomological network that consists of setting trap traps and sampling traps," explained Moreno.

One of the novelties is the increase in sampling traps, with an increase of 60%, which makes the study perimeter broader.

Sampling has also begun a month earlier than in previous years and will continue until December.

Thus, the initiative contemplates "preventive applications in public spaces", as well as a citizen information program that includes "the attention of neighborhood complaints, door-to-door visits and the distribution of leaflets."

The main idea is to prevent breeding sites, avoiding accumulations of water "however small".

These places proliferate in private properties, "in dishes of pots or decks of pools," said the biologist.

As a novelty this year, there are talks at the neighborhood meetings where more warnings have been received, explaining the biology of the mosquito, while providing some guidelines to control the mosquito population and other urban pests.

"Door-to-door visits provide advice to the neighbor in areas most affected by the presence of the mosquito.

Citizen collaboration is the fundamental pillar to control the population of tiger mosquito and other pests, "concluded Moreno.


The technicians have emphasized that each neighbor who detects a nest of gulls or the proliferation of the tiger mosquito on their property has a contact telephone at their disposal, (968) 12 89 57. You can also do so by email: controlplagas @ Ayto-cartagena.es

From the City of Cartagena works throughout the year in the control and eradication of all types of pests, such as pigeons, as they do not focus solely on the tiger mosquito and the yellow-legged gull.

Source: Ayuntamiento de Cartagena

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