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July 15, 2013
The Asian Tiger Mosquito is a black-and-white striped insect, brought to Texas 30 years ago in a tire shipment. Since then, it has spread to 27 states according to CBS News.
What should you know about the Asian Tiger Mosquito:
- The Asian Tiger Mosquito is particularly effective at spreading illness, known to be infected with as many as 30 known diseases in a laboratory, including West Nile virus and Dengue fever. They have been found to spread six-to-seven diseases worldwide and transmit five within the United Sates.
- The Asian Tiger Mosquito mosquitoes lay their eggs in water-filled containers and cavities like trees and old tires.
- The Asian Tiger Mosquito usually does not fly more than about 1/2 mile from its breeding site.
- Male mosquitoes feed on plant juices and do not bite, whereas, female mosquitoes seek blood to help their eggs develop.
- The Asian Tiger Mosquito feeds during daylight hours, not at night.
- The Asian Tiger Mosquito will bite squirrels, dogs, deer and other animals as well as people.
Thomas Pest Services was featured on CBS 6 Albany speaking about the Asian Tiger Mosquito and the Mosquito/Tick Service offered to the Clifton Park and surrounding area.
How do you repel Asian Tiger Mosquitoes?
- Minimize time spent outdoors between dusk and dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
- Be sure door and window screens fit tightly and are in good repair. The Asian Tiger Mosquito favors ankles and knees.
- Wear shoes, socks, long pants and a long-sleeved shirt when outdoors for long periods of time, and when mosquitoes are most active.
- When outdoors, apply insect repellent as indicated on the product’s label. The more DEET a product contains, the longer the repellent can protect against mosquito bites.
- Have a Clifton Park mosquito exterminator treat your backyard and property with an insecticidal fog or mist. It is important to have mosquito treatments regularly as it is effective only for a short time. Mosquitoes will return when the spray dissipates.
- Keep your property free of debris and potential mosquito breeding areas.
- Drain all containers immediately because he's seen these bugs breed in a soda bottle cap.
Taking the preventative steps, along with applying insect repellents and an ongoing pest control service, you can reduce your risk against mosquito and tick bites and pest infestations. With cases of West Nile increasing it is important to protect your family, health and property. Our mosquito tips above will help reduce mosquito breeding areas in and around your property. To learn more about Thomas Pest Services and our green mosquito service head over to our website and fill out our contact form to learn how Thomas Pest can assist with your mosquito problem.