Mosquitoes can transmit serious diseases, such as dengue fever, the Zika virus or malaria. Now an app is helping to locate them.

As of this year, Luxembourg has been monitoring which mosquitoes are on the move here. This is because more and more mosquitoes, which can transmit dangerous diseases, are now on the move in Europe.

Until now, only random samples were taken, but this new monitoring by the Ministry of the Environment and the Museum of Nature seems to be more efficient. For example, a tiger mosquito was discovered in the country for the first time a few weeks ago.

For this monitoring, traps are set up in different places where many mosquitoes fly by in the summer. If an invasive species is identified here, the health inspectorate is allowed to decide what measures need to be taken.

In addition, you now can also help to systematically record the occurrence of mosquitoes yourself. This is done with the help of a mobile phone app called 'Mosquito Alert'. You can use it to send photos and information about mosquitoes, which can then be identified by experts. The app is available in 19 different languages, including Luxembourgish.

The app can be downloaded from both the App Store and the Google Play Store.


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