Dangers and Annoyances in Malta
Although a relatively safe coutry by all standards, there are some dangers and annoyances to watch out for even when staying in Malta.
There are a lot of mosquitoes in Malta. Use plenty of insect repellent creams and sprays.
The Asian tiger mosquito migrated to Malta in 2010 with goods and international travellers from sout-east Asia.
The tiger mosquito's bites causes muich swelling and itching. Getting bitten does not give you immunity to the bite og the tiger mosquitoes. Unlike regular mosquitoes, Asian tiger mosquitoes are also active during daytime.
The tiger mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant water throughout the rainy months of winter between September and May. Adult mosquitoes emerge between May and September.
Although it is possible for tiger mosquitoes to carry diseases such as viruses, the mosquito has to be infected with the disease itself before it can spread. Since there is not such diseases present on Malta, mosquitoes do not spread disease.
To protect yourself against the tiger mosquito, wear socks, shoes, long trousers and long-sleeved shirts when outdoors.