Asian Tiger Mosquito
Black and white tiger-like stripes on body and legs; long, segmented body; about 1/8 inch in length.
Diet: Asian tiger mosquitoes are unique in that they typically feed during the daylight hours, unlike many other mosquito species that feed only at dusk and dawn. While females feed on blood for producing eggs, males only consume plant nectar.
Habitat: While they can thrive in various environments and conditions, Asian tiger mosquitoes are active year-round in warm regions. They tend to remain closer to the ground and breeding sites are likely to be close to where the bite occurred. The females lay their eggs inside items that can hold at least a half-inch of stagnant water, such as puddles, tarps, birdbaths and clogged drains, or any small body of water. That means something as small as a bottle cap can hold enough water for larvae to develop.
Threats: Asian tiger mosquitoes are more aggressive and faster than other species. As known carriers of yellow fever and dengue fever, they can transmit numerous diseases including West Nile virus, and Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE).
Control: The most effective way to prevent contact with Asian tiger mosquitoes is to eliminate possible breeding grounds such as discarded tarps, flowerpots and birdbaths. Pick up any debris or litter that might be around and can collect water, especially near where trash bins are stored. Homeowners should also screen all windows and doors, and keep gutters free-flowing. Store items like wheelbarrow, tarps, and outdoor toys in a covered area, storage shed, or upside down so they cannot collect water.