How do attitudes shape protective practices against the Asian tiger mosquito in community gardens in a nonendemic country?

Parasit Vectors. 2022 Nov 22;15(1):439. doi: 10.1186/s13071-022-05520-3.


Background: The Asian tiger mosquito Aedes albopictus is responsible for the transmission of many arboviruses worldwide and is well adapted to thrive in urban environments. In mainland France, a nonendemic area, this mosquito is responsible for several autochthonous and imported cases of chikungunya and dengue each year. Better management and prevention of mosquito-borne disease transmission in nonendemic areas is thus of global concern. In this context, the aim of this study was to provide a better understanding of mosquito-human interactions as well as human behavior and beliefs in regard to this mosquito species in urban areas.

Methods: We focused on people who participate in community gardens, which are increasingly popular initiatives in metropolitan France and are conducive to the development of tiger mosquitoes. To evaluate community gardeners' knowledge and practices in relation to mosquito management and control, we conducted a knowledge, attitude, and practice (KAP) survey.

Results: In contrast to previous KAP studies, we showed that attitudes, more than knowledge, influence the practices of community gardeners in relation to mosquitoes. Interestingly, all gardeners who participated in the survey were concerned about the Asian tiger mosquito and were motivated to incorporate mosquito control methods in their gardens. Moreover, mosquitoes were perceived as nuisances rather than disease vector species. A change in community gardeners' perceptions could facilitate more appropriate behavior to control this species.

Conclusions: This survey reveals the lack of knowledge and awareness of good practices for the efficient control of the Asian tiger mosquito in green urban areas.

Keywords: Asian tiger mosquito; Green urban area; KAP survey; Nonendemic country; Protective practices.

MeSH terms

  • Aedes*
  • Animals
  • Gardens
  • Health Knowledge, Attitudes, Practice
  • Humans
  • Mosquito Control / methods
  • Mosquito Vectors