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Asian Tiger Mosquito Control: Protect Your Home

Facts

  • The Asian tiger mosquito is one of the numerous types of pests that collectively fall into the group known as “invasive species.”
  • This mosquito is well established in most of the eastern states, and is equally prevalent in both urban and suburban communities.
  • Found in the continental U.S. since the 1980’s, this type of mosquito is thought to have hitched a ride in a cargo ship from Asia – and they are not afraid to bite.

Appearance

What Do Asian Tiger Mosquitoes Look Like?
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Size: The Asian Tiger mosquito is slightly smaller than many other mosquitoes and is about 1/4 inch long.

Color: This mosquito, also referred to as the forest day mosquito, is dark to black with black and white striped legs, and a small black and white striped body.

Characteristics: The Asian tiger mosquito develops in small, water-filled containers in shaded areas and is a transmitter of West Nile Virus.

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Food

What Do Asian Tiger Mosquitoes Eat?
Adults: Adult female mosquitoes feed on blood; males do not bite humans, preferring sweets such as honeydew.

Larva: At the larval stage, these mosquitoes feed on micro-organisms in the water.

Biology

Female mosquitoes lay eggs at the water’s edge or in containers. The mosquito goes through three stages while in the water (egg-larva-pupa) and emerges as an adult.

The life cycle takes from 14-30 days. The adults do not fly far from the source where they developed.

Detection

The presence of day-biting mosquitoes may indicate the Asian tiger mosquito, especially if you go into shaded areas. Containers that hold water are also excellent breeding sites and should be monitored closely, such as:

  • Cans
  • Flower pots
  • Tires
  • Wading pools

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