We all are battling mosquitoes in the summertime, by either trying to kill them all together with mosquito foggers, traps, zappers and other devices that are designed to combat those pesky insects or by trying to hide from them with many types of mosquito repellents. And although most mosquitoes are active mostly during sunrise and sunset, there is one mosquito genus that is the odd man out – the Asian tiger mosquito.
Asian Tiger mosquito, also known as Aedes albopictus or the black and white mosquito, is a mosquito species that is native to Asia hence its name Asian Tiger mosquito. However, since then the Asian Tiger mosquito has spread all over Asia, Europe, North America and also South America, favoring southern regions of these continents, where they are active all year round.
The Asian Tiger Mosquito is black with white lines all across its legs and body letting us easily identify it, which though doesn’t help all that much, because these striped mosquitoes also are very quick and swift. The mosquito usually is from 2 up 10 ten millimeters in length and the shape of Asian Tiger Mosquitoes body is long and segmented with a pair of wings, 6 legs, and an antenna called the proboscis.
The thing about Asian Tiger Mosquito is that it is known to carry more that one mosquito-borne disease, its main diseases, however, are West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever, Chikungunya Virus and even encephalitis, which by itself is very bad. But the fact that these Asian Tiger Mosquitoes are as active during the day as they are at sunset and sunrise hours when all other mosquitoes usually are most active makes them even more dangerous because they can strike and infect us or our pets at any time of the day. And it also doesn’t help that Asian Tiger Mosquitoes cause more irritation with their bite than most other mosquito species many times leaving very itchy, red and raised bumps that many people are allergic to.
Because Asian Tiger Mosquitoes are so-called “container breeders”, they aren’t very particular about their breeding grounds and can lay their eggs anywhere there is a standing water, most of the time even preferring smaller spaces, for example, old tires, tree holes and other places where water can collect for a longer period of time. This means that once Asian Tiger Mosquito female has fed on human or animal blood, it can go off to any small pocket of collected water and lay her eggs so that new Asian Tiger Mosquitoes can be born and can continue to either just annoy us or spread diseases even further.