Why Asian Tiger Mosquitoes Are So Dangerous
August 9, 2018
Asian tiger mosquitoes may sound like they are some exotic creature but they have actually become quite common here in Texas and in other parts of the United States. As their name suggests, these mosquitoes originated from Asia but they have begun to populate the U.S. due to our trade system; basically, these mosquitoes hitch a ride on the goods coming to the United States from Asia. Similar to the other mosquitoes found in our area, these pests have the potential to be carrying harmful diseases and it’s important to be aware of the dangers they pose.
Asian tiger mosquitoes can carry dangerous viruses such as the West Nile and La Crosse encephalitis and are also potential carriers of the Zika virus which is a very serious illness that causes fever, headache, joint and muscle pain, rash, and has been linked to cause microcephaly in babies whose mothers were infected while they were pregnant. You have probably always dreaded mosquitoes bites because of the itchiness they cause, hopefully, you now realize that their bites are more than just a nuisance.
The Asian tiger mosquitoes look quite different than their cousins which are brown. Asian tiger mosquitoes have black and white tiger-like markings with a white stripe down the front of the heads and black and white bands on their legs. These mosquitoes are very small — usually no bigger than 1/4 of an inch long. Texas is the perfect place for these mosquitoes to take up residence, as the climate here offers them all of the conditions they need to thrive. The hot, humid environment reminds them of the tropical and subtropical climate they originated from in Asia. They are also attracted to any residential areas because of the various food sources and breeding ground opportunities in artificial water-holding sources such as water cans, rain barrels, bird baths, and kiddie pools. Any type of stagnant water is the ideal place for these mosquitoes to lay their eggs.
Though complete control over Asian tiger mosquitoes in Texas is impossible, you can do your part as a local homeowner by reducing the population of these pests in your yard and neighborhood. This will not only lower the number of itchy bites you will experience this season, but will also reduce your risk of experiencing an infestation and contracting a mosquito-borne illness. You can do this by contacting Innovative Pest Control, your local mosquito control experts! Our program offers monthly treatments from April through September which are the months when mosquitoes are the most active and present the biggest threat. Our program includes treating all around the home and addressing any stagnant water on your property to curb breeding. We highly recommend using our year-round Outdoor Living Program for the greatest success. Why take a risk with mosquito bites this summer? Contact Innovative Pest Control today to find out more about how we can help you!