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Asian Tiger - Biting Insect Library

Asian Tiger Mosquito

The Asian Tiger mosquito is a vector (carrier) of Dengue Fever, and a potential carrier of Yellow Fever, encephalitis, and heartworm in pets.

 

After first being found in Houston, TX, this mosquito species has quickly spread to other areas within the US.  It is believed to have been brought into the U.S. via shipments of old tires from Asia.

 

 

 

Geography

After first being found in Houston, TX, this mosquito species has quickly spread to other areas within the US.  It is believed to have been brought into the U.S. via shipments of old tires from Asia.

 

It began to spread throughout southern regions, then eastern regions, and so forth in the U.S. often by the mosquito “hitchhiking” on a vehicle to a new location. The Asian Tiger mosquito can survive in a wide range of climates, making it adaptable to virtually every state in our country. Due to mosquito migration patterns, the Asian Tiger mosquito can be currently found in more than 30 states, with more states reporting the mosquito, including Pennsylvania in 2008. If you live in the United States, most likely the mosquito migration patterns of the Asian Tiger will affect you. In fact, this mosquito has become a major pest in many communities, due to its close association with humans.  Not only does the Asian Tiger mosquito feed during dusk and dawn, but all day as well. Although this pest may be quite distinctive in look, with its black and white striped body, this pest spreads dangerous diseases. Asian Tiger mosquitoes are a carrier of many mosquito diseases, including Dengue Fever, LaCrosse encephalitis virus and West Nile virus, as well as heartworm in pets. As long as mosquito migration patterns continue to spread from community to community, mosquito protection becomes even more vital for your family and pets. 

 

 

How Do Mosquito Migration Patterns Affect Us?

Mosquitoes will increase in numbers quickly when they have ready access to standing water, as well as a blood meal, which is us. Can mosquito migration patterns increase the number of mosquitoes in your backyard? That depends on the mosquito species you are dealing with. Most domestic species remain fairly close to their point of origin. The mosquito migration patterns in the other species are more problematic. These mosquitoes are known to travel far from their breeding place. That means new mosquitoes could be moving in from the town next door. Typically, the flight range for females is usually longer than that of males. One of the factors that affect mosquito migration patterns is wind. Stronger winds can carry mosquitoes greater distances. Most mosquitoes stay within a mile or two of their source. However, some will venture as far as 75 miles from their breeding source.

 

 

 

 

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