First interception of Aedes (Stegomyia) albopictus in Lucky bamboo shipments in Belgium.
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.