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.
- 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?
Signs of an Infestation
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.