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Asian Tiger Mosquitoes

Aedes albopictus

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What is an Asian Tiger Mosquito?

Asian tiger mosquitoes, also known as forest mosquitoes, are an exotic species that get their “tiger” name from the single white stripe down the center of their head and back. Originally from Southeast Asia, this daytime-biting insect can transmit harmful diseases like Zika virus, West Nile virus, Chikungunya and dengue fever. Read on to learn more Asian tiger mosquito facts and prevention.

Pest Stats

  • Color: White and black striped legs and body
  • Legs: 6
  • Shape: Long, segmented body with a pair of wings
  • Size: About 1/8″ (2-10 mm)
  • Antennae: Yes

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What do Asian Tiger Mosquitoes look like?

Asian tiger mosquitoes are black with silvery white markings. The best way to identify this species is by the single median silver-white stripe from its head down the center of its back, as well as its striped black and white legs. As with all mosquito species, the antennae of the males in comparison to female is noticeably bushier and contains auditory receptors to detect the characteristic buzz of the female.

Signs of an Infestation

Signs of mosquito activity include the buzzing of the females and presence of their bites on the skin, which people have various reactions to, ranging from mild irritation to intense inflammation and swelling. Another telltale sign of a mosquito problem would be the presence of immature mosquitoes in standing water.

Infestation

Prevention and Control

The most effective way to prevent contact with Asian tiger mosquitoes is to eliminate areas of standing water around the home, such as baby pools, flowerpots, and birdbaths. Homeowners should also screen all windows and doors and keep gutters free-flowing. Those who spend time outdoors should consider wearing long pants and sleeves and use an insect repellent containing an EPA-registered ingredient like DEET, picaridin or oil of lemon eucalyptus.

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