Mosquito Control North Shore For West Nile Virus and Asian Tiger Mosquitoes

Posted by Mosquito Squad

March 31, 2015

The 2015 mosquito season has not even officially begun, and we already have a positive case of West Nile Virus (WNV) in Essex County. There are currently five cases in neighboring Middlesex County. According to the CDC, West Nile Virus is the most widespread mosquito-transferred viruses in the nation. The Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes Aegypti) or forest mosquito (Aedes Albopictus) is a known carrier of the West Nile Virus and perhaps the most volatile of all mosquito breeds. The Asian tiger mosquito first landed in the U.S. in 1985 and has since spread up the entire eastern seaboard, including our beloved North Shore. Notoriously aggressive, the mosquito sports tiger-like stripes, which helped to give its name. Did you know that only the female mosquito bites? Those females use all manner of other creatures’ blood to help with their egg laying production.

Prolific egg layer

Mosquitoes are prolific breeders: 100-300 eggs at a time. That can quickly become 3,000 eggs, or more, for one mosquito’s life span! Unlike other varieties of mosquitoes, Asian tiger mosquitoes are not just “dusk to dawn feeders.” They hunt even during the heat of the day. The Asian tiger’s pronounced stripes help it to stand out from other species of mosquitoes. It is; however, its reputation as a serious disease carrier (vector) that is of concern to most of us. Bites are bad enough. Diseases and viruses are no laughing matter. The Asian tiger mosquito bites and can make us ill.

Diseases the Asian Tiger Mosquito Carries
Please understand that not all Asian tiger mosquitoes are infected with any particular illness or disease. They have to become infected themselves in order to become carriers of those diseases. For those of us living on the North Shore, it is West Nile Virus that is the illness to watch out for. Other diseases Asian tiger mosquitoes are associated with:

  • Malaria
  • Chikungunya
  • Yellow Fever
  • Dengue Fever (also called “bone break fever”)
  • Encephalitis, including Eastern Equine Encephalitis (documented)

Barrier Sprays Truly Effective

As we look for Spring’s long-delayed arrival, it is crucial to have a plan for dealing with these and other bloodsuckers in your landscape. Asian tiger mosquitoes are among the mosquito varieties known to hibernate. Once the weather warms to 55℉, they will come out. They immediately start feeding and laying eggs. At Mosquito Squad of the North Shore, we suggest our guaranteed effective barrier treatment as a way to protect your family, friends, and pets from Asian tiger mosquitoes and WNV. Other mosquito control companies only treatment around your home’s exterior. We provide a hedge of protection for your entire yard with our proven barrier treatment. Your yard will be free from 85-90% of mosquitoes for up to three weeks at a time. When purchased as a season-long package, we schedule our appointments to ensure you have the freedom to enjoy your outdoor spaces month after month after month. Say Good Riddance to Mosquitoes®!

Effective Asian tiger mosquito control North Shore is here!