Asian Tiger Mosquito

Asian Tiger MosquitoThe Asian Tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, is believed to have been introduced to the United States via the importation of used tires from Asia. First documented in Texas during 1985, it spread quickly and is now established in 26 states, having traveled easily by the same means.

The Asian Tiger mosquito is a carrier of dengue fever in the tropics. Dengue fever has reached epidemic proportions in some parts of Brazil, and it is hoped that the competition between it and the yellow fever mosquito, another invasive species that transmits dengue, may help to contain the crisis .

The tiger mosquito, as it is sometimes called, is black with silver-white bands. A small but aggressive biter, these mosquitoes are more aggressive than the yellow fever mosquito, and have a bite that results in considerably more irritation. It feeds mainly during early morning and late afternoon periods.

It breeds in water-holding containers - tires, birdbaths, watering dishes, flowerpots, gutters etc. - and has a short flight range, about 100-300 meters. It has not been seen to fly in strong wind.

Because of the abovementioned factors, it is likely that the Asian Tiger mosquitoes that bite you breed on your own or your neighbors’ property, and can be contained by ensuring that no containers collecting water are available to them. The species has shown a tolerance for insecticides like malathion, so preventive measures restricting breeding opportunity may be the most effective control measure.

Research recently published holds that with global warming, infestations can only rise, and spread further across the US. "Our research shows that, like many mosquitoes, this species breeds faster as the temperature gets higher," said Barry Alto, a University of Florida entomology doctoral student and co-author of the study appearing in the Journal of Medical Entomology. "If global warming trends continue, Asian Tiger mosquitoes may become common in places they're not found today."

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While the netting acts as a physical barrier, the advantage of the curtain is that it is seasonally removable. Many in the north find permanent screen porches difficult to maintain during the winter months. Because the curtain is removable and washable, it can easily be removed and stored during the months when Asian Tiger mosquitoes are not prevalent.