ASIAN TIGER MOSQUITOES
WHAT DO ASIAN TIGER MOSQUITOES LOOK LIKE?
The Asian tiger mosquito is black and white, unlike their brown cousins. Asian tiger mosquitoes are only about ¼ of an inch long. They have black bodies with white markings on their bodies. The tiger-like markings include a white stripe down the front of the head and black and white bands on the legs.
WHERE DO ASIAN TIGER MOSQUITOES REST AND BREED?
Asian tiger mosquitoes love to hang out in your neighborhood. They are attracted to residential areas because of the wealth of food sources and breeding grounds. The Asian tiger mosquitoes are attracted to artificial water-holding sources such as watering cans, rain barrels, bird baths, buckets, plastic wading pools, and flower vases. Stagnant water is the ideal place for Asian tigers to cast their eggs.
WHAT DO ASIAN TIGER MOSQUITOES EAT?
The male Asian tiger mosquito prefers to feed on plant nectar and other plant juices. It’s the female Asian tiger mosquito that should concern you. Female Asian tiger mosquitoes feed on blood. They need it to nourish their eggs. Asian female tigers bite small rodents, dogs, squirrels, deer, and yes, humans. Asian tiger mosquitoes bite during the day, not at night.
ARE ASIAN TIGER MOSQUITOES DANGEROUS?
It is unclear if Asian tiger mosquitoes will the carriers of certain diseases among human populations in the US as they are in Asia. Samples have been taken from Asian tiger mosquitoes, however, and they included dangerous viruses such as West Nile and LaCrosse encephalitis. The Asian tiger mosquito is a potential carrier for Zika virus as well. Zika is an illness that causes fever, headache, joint and muscle pain, rash, and it potentially inked to microcephaly in new babies born to women who were infected while pregnant. Microcephaly is a condition that causes babies to have abnormally small heads.
In November, a case of Zika was found in Texas. The finding puts Texas on the map as the second state with confirmed cases. The first cases of chikungunya was verified in Brownsville, TX. Authorities are warning pregnant women not to travel to areas where Zika is present, but in the Texas case, the woman was not pregnant nor did she travel to an area with high Zika-carrier populations. This is concerning of Texas residents because it opens the window for more potential cases.
ARE INNOVATIVE PEST CONTROL’S SOLUTIONS EFFECTIVE?
Complete control of Asian tiger mosquitoes is not possible, but season control methods can reduce your risk for infestation and illness. Mosquito solutions include monthly treatments through the most active months, April to September. Depending on the weather, however, treatment must be extended earlier or later in the season. Mosquito treatments from Innovative Pest Control include fogging around your home, plants, grassy areas, and wooded areas where mosquitoes are likely to breed. They also include treating stagnant water to curb breeding. Call now to find out more about Innovative Pest Control’s mosquito control program.
ASIAN TIGER MOSQUITO PREVENTION TIPS
- Remove all standing water and water containers on the property
- Do not wear dark clothing
- Avoid lotions and perfume when going outside
- Avoid traveling to areas with outbreaks
- Keep your house doors and window shut, or at least make sure all areas are screened
- Wear mosquito repellent
- Call Innovative Pest Control
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