The Asian Tiger Mosquito Has Been Spotted in Massachusetts

Author: Mosquito Squad of Chelmsford & Cambridge

We have received several calls this week here at Mosquito Squad of Chelmsford & Cambridge indicating mosquitoes are out in full force and very aggressive to boot. These calls came in from all around our area, Tewksbury, Salisbury, Amesbury, and North Andover just to name a few. You may be wondering what all the fuss is about, after all, it is the season to start seeing mosquitoes. The mosquito we are referring to is not your average mosquito. It is the Asian tiger mosquito, and it is a class all to its own in terms of aggression and breeding habits.

Facts About Asian Tiger Mosquito 

The Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus (Stegomyia albopicta), also known as the “forest day mosquito” has black and white stripes on its body and legs. It is named for the similarities to the striped coat of the tiger. It’s aggression as well as it’s coloring holds to the mosquitoes namesake. It is native to the tropical and sub-tropical areas of Southeast Asia. These scoundrels were introduced into the United States in 1985 by hitching a ride in a shipment of used tires brought into the port of Houston, Texas. Since that fated tire delivery they have spread quickly as far up the East Coast as Maine, and even arrived in Hawaii in 1986.

The Asian Tiger mosquito is what is called an “opportunistic” feeder, meaning that unlike other mosquitoes, this mosquito will feed as much during the day as it does at dusk. When these mosquitoes invade a yard in large numbers, people can be forced indoors by the swarms. Not only do the Asian tiger mosquitoes show more aggression, but their bites also cause considerably more painful itching and irritation than most.

The breeding habits of the Asian Tiger mosquito are different in that they are “container breeders”. They don’t need to seek out a creek bed or bird bath to lay their eggs. These mosquitoes prefer smaller pockets of moisture such as holes in trees,  empty soda cans and small containers such as the corners of flower pots, or any little thing we leave lying around that water can collect it is perfect for them to start their brood.

Research has shown that these mosquitoes love the heat as long as it is moist heat. The first wave of Asian tiger mosquitoes to leave Texas reportedly headed east to balmy Florida as opposed to heading west to the dry heat of Arizona. Researchers also feel that the insurgence of the growth in the population of these mosquitoes may be attributed to global warming trends.

No Bugs. No Bites. No Kidding. 

Mosquito Squad of Chelmsford & Cambridge can apply a barrier spray to your property to eradicate the mosquitoes and control their populations. We also offer an all-natural spray that is also excellent at preventing this type of mosquito. Common sense knowledge is also key to controlling their populations on your property. Check your surroundings regularly to make sure it is free of any container that could fill with water, even the smallest container makes a perfect nursery for an Asian Tiger mosquito. Keep bushes, shrubbery and grass clippings picked up as to not harbor moisture. Knowledge is power when preventing this aggressive biter. Grab the “tiger by the tail” today by calling Mosquito Squad of Chelmsford & Cambridge to have your property protected. Contact us today at (978) 381-4028 for a free estimate!