|Publication Type:||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication:||2014|
|Authors:||Demeulemeester, J, Deblauwe, I, De Witte, J, Jansen, F, Hendy, A, Madder, M|
|Journal:||Journal of the European Mosquito Control Association|
|Keywords:||Aedes albopictus, Belgium, biocide legislation, Dracaena braunii, surveillance, tiger mosquito|
<p>Abstract: Six gel-and five water-transported Dracaena braunii shipments originating from the South coast of China were screened for exotic mosquito species during a surveillance project on exotic vectors in Belgium. In November 2013, a live Aedes (Stegomyia) albopictus larva was detected in a gel substrate. This is the first direct evidence of the importation of Ae. albopictus on gel-transported Lucky bamboo. It also confirms that the importation risk of Ae. albopictus by transport of ornamental bamboo plants remains. In addition to the registration of appropriate biocides, a structured and permanent surveillance programme is needed in Belgium to allow for the early detection of invasive mosquito species and the timely implementation of control measures. Journal of the European Mosquito Control Association 32: 14-16, 2014</p>
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