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The Asian tiger mosquito has very distinctive markings and is easily identifiable by even a casual observer. It will bite as often during broad daylight as near dawn or dusk. This mosquito is a "container breeder" which will deposit its eggs in almost any type of natural or artificial container which will hold water. The Asian tiger mosquito has a limited flight range and is most often encountered near its breeding habitat. This mosquito can transmit dangerous mosquito-borne diseases such as dengue fever, eastern equine encephalitis, and dog heartworm. It is also a potential vector of St. Louis and LaCrosse encephalitis viruses.

Biology And Behavior

asian tiger mosquito

  • Adult females are approximately 1/4 of an inch in length.

  • Both adult males and females are covered with shiny black scales with silver or white bands on their legs and dotted lines on their abdomens.

  • Its most distinctive characteristic is a striking band of silver or white scales down its thorax.

  • You can find mosquito larvae in artificial containers such as tires, flowerpots, buckets, trash receptacles, ornamental ponds, birdbaths, pet watering dishes, clogged guttering, and abandoned cups and cans.

  • Mosquito larval development may also occur in natural containers such as tree holes and leaf axils.

  • Asian tiger mosquitoes may share their breeding habitats with other mosquito species.

  • In temperate climates like ours, this mosquito overwinters in the egg stage.

Asian Tiger Mosquito Prevention Tips

  • Drain areas of standing water or treat with an appropriately labeled mosquito larvacide.

  • Keep grass cut short and eliminate dense vegetation, which serves as resting sites for adult mosquitoes.

  • Install or repair screen doors and windows to keep mosquitoes outdoors.

  • Use an insect repellant containing DEET (N, N-Diethyl-meta-toluamide) on exposed skin and thin clothing when outside.

  • When weather permits, wear long-sleeved shirts, long pants, and socks outdoors.

  • Check with your local government to see if there is a community mosquito abatement program in your area.

  • Organize neighborhood cleanup days to pick up abandoned containers in parks and alleyways and clean up vacant lots.

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