Asian Tiger Mosquitoes
What do Asian tiger mosquitoes look like?
The adult Asian tiger mosquito is known as the “tiger mosquito” because of the black and white “tiger striped” pattern on their body. Asian tiger mosquitoes also have a white strip running down the middle of their head and white banding on the legs. Adults grow to ¼ of an inch in length.
Are Asian tiger mosquitoes dangerous?
Like all mosquitoes, Asian tiger mosquitoes are dangerous. A fast moving, very aggressive biter, this type of mosquito comes out during the daytime to feed and has the ability to carry and transmit many dangerous pathogens including the West Nile virus, the Chikungunya virus, and encephalomyelitis.
Why do Asian tiger mosquitoes hang out on my property?
If your property provides food sources and places to breed, you’re likely to have mosquitoes. Only the female Asian tiger mosquito feeds on blood; she requires the protein to create her eggs. Males feed on plant nectar; properties that are heavily landscaped with flowering gardens can attract Asian tiger mosquitoes. Asian tiger mosquitoes also require a water source to lay their eggs. They prefer to use water from natural or artificial containers. Tree cavities, garbage, old tires, clogged gutters, low lying ditches, and other similar areas can be used by these mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Unlike other mosquito species, they don’t prefer to lay their eggs in large open bodies of water like marshes and ponds.
How do I control mosquitoes?
Though complete control of mosquitoes is not possible, Arrow Pest Control of New Jersey, offers an effective mosquito program that is designed to drastically reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property and eliminate potential breeding sites and harborages. Our “Bite Back!” program is a seasonal service that combats mosquitoes (and ticks!) when they’re most active in New Jersey. Contact us today to learn more about our mosquito control services.
Can I prevent Asian tiger mosquitoes?
Professional mosquito control is recommended during the months when mosquitoes are most active but we also recommend implementing the following mosquito prevention tips:
- Clean out gutters so that leaves, twigs and other debris doesn’t stop water from flowing through. Be sure that downspouts point away from home so that water doesn’t collect at the bottom.
- Check ditches regularly to prevent build-up that would allow water to pool.
- Remove containers from your property that may collect water; empty bird baths and pet bowls daily.
- Make sure that garbage is kept in secure containers and that it is regularly removed from your property.
- Remove fallen trees, logs, and other debris from your property.
- Reduce the amount of flowering vegetation you have on your property, especially any that is located close to the exterior of your house.
- Make sure that screens in windows and doors are completely intact to help prevent these mosquitoes from gaining access to your home.
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