The Asian tiger mosquito is an aggressive biting mosquito, which first appeared in the United States in 1985. Since then it has been expanding its range and increasing in numbers throughout the country.
The Asian tiger mosquito is unique because it actively bites during the day. It loves to bite people, especially around the legs and ankles.
The Asian tiger mosquito is also important because it can transmit diseases such as West Nile virus to humans and heartworm to our pets.
Step 1: Educate yourself about mosquitoes.
- By reading this brochure, you are on the first step to reducing mosquitoes.
- Remember, mosquitoes lay eggs in water and it takes about 7 days for those eggs to become adults.
- Reduce standing water, and you can reduce mosquitoes.
Step 2: Eliminate places where mosquitoes lay eggs.
- Dispose of trash and recycle unwanted containers.
- Empty water from containers at least once a week.
- Treat containers that can not be emptied with an insecticide that targets mosquito larvae.
Step 3: Protect yourself from biting mosquitoes.
- Wear long, light colored, and loose fitting clothing.
- Use repellents containing Picaridin, DEET, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus.
- Read and follow the label instructions when using repellants.