Mosquito Alert:

Citizen science against disease-transmitting mosquitoes .

  • WHAT WE DO

    Mosquito Alert is a citizen science platform promoted by ”la Caixa” Obra Social in collaboration with CREAF, with the aim of bringing together citizens, scientists and managers in the battle against the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) and the yellow fever mosquito (Aedes aegypti). These mosquitoes can transmit diseases such as dengue, chikungunya, yellow fever or Zika.

    With the project’s app, any person can report a possible finding of the Asian tiger mosquito or its breeding grounds through a photo. A team of experts together with volunteers examine and classify the photos which are then published on a map that is open to everyone.

    What do we want to achieve?

    • Study the presence and distribution of the Asian tiger mosquito and develop models that combine data provided by citizens with other sources of information.

    • Reduce and control the Asian tiger mosquito population in Spain.

    • Involve citizens in a scientific project in which they can collaborate in a very simple way through a mobile app.  

    • Raise awareness in the population about the prevention measures to be taken to reduce the breeding grounds for the Asian tiger mosquito.

    • Detect early the possible arrival of the yellow fever mosquito in Spain with the help of citizens. 

  • WHO IT'S FOR

    The project is aimed at citizens and epidemiologists, entities responsible for environmental management or public health, professionals from the world of academic education and leisure and anyone who is interested in citizen science.

  • HOW WE HELP

    The Mosquito Alert project contributes in different fields:

    Research: we generate prediction models for the distribution of the Asian tiger mosquito and the yellow fever mosquito, by combining the data sent by citizens through the app with data obtained from monitoring and control agents. We also study citizen science participation dynamics and work to ensure that the information contributed by citizens is incorporated into the scientific process and political decision-making.

    Environmental management and public health: the entities responsible for the management and control of the Asian tiger mosquito use the data of this platform, published on an open-access map, as a new source of information for implementing monitoring and control measures.

    Raising awareness and communication: we generate information material that can be used freely to prevent the proliferation of these species of mosquito and the problems they bring as transmitters of diseases. 

    Education: we offer activities that can be applied in an educational setting to raise awareness among children and families and encourage them to participate in a scientific project.