Maybe you have heard about this “new” mosquito…yet another outdoor predator we have to worry about to attack us unknowingly while we are at work or most often times at play.
The Asian tiger mosquito( Aedes albopictus-Stegomia albopicta) is also known as the forest day mosquito. It is native to the tropical and subtropical regions of Southeast Asia, but over the past few decades this species of mosquito has invaded many countries throughout the world. It made it’s first appearance in North America in a shipment of tires delivered to Houston, Texas in 1985.
Being a relatively new “pest” in the United States, a lot of people don’t even know they exist. They are named for their coloration of black and white striping which closely resembles the markings of a tiger. The Asian tiger mosquito can also add the aggressive nature associated with its namesake. These mosquitoes are said to be much more aggressive than the usual “backyard barbeque mosquito”. The Asian tiger mosquito seeks hosts over a broader range of human activity and can bite up to ten times trying to complete its hunt for a blood meal.
The bite of this mosquito alone is bigger and badder than that of your average mosquito. This is what many may call a super mosquito. Many who experience Asian tiger mosquitoes biting them tend to think it is a bee sting, yellow jacket or wasp bite . The welts and irritation that are produced following a mosquito bite from these mosquitoes is redder, itchier and more painful.
Asian tiger mosquitoes are known as what they call a “container breeder”. They like to lay their eggs in things like downspout extension pipes, plant trays, ornamental ponds, bird baths, wading pools , Holes and forks in trees that hold water, and rock pools to name a few. They are more active during the daylight hours up until dusk, and usually stay close to the ground spending a lot of time in the foliage of a bush or shrub, waiting for a leg or ankle to attack.
These “super skeeters” don’t travel far. They usually will not travel any further than 50 feet. This could be the saving grace to these problem pests, because once you realize you have a problem-that means the source is close and easier (in most cases) to eradicate.
What do you do if you realize you have Asian tiger mosquitoes in your home or yard? First, do a close inspection of all areas that may be the culprit. All standing water and aquatic areas, even the smallest area could be the perfect spot for these mosquitoes to take up housekeeping. Once you have inspected and tidied up all the these areas you should call a licensed professional who is familiar with dealing with these mosquitoes.
With the proper knowledge and information on what to look for you can grab the tiger (mosquito) by the tail and eradicate this pesky pest from your yard.