||White and black striped legs and body
||Long, segmented body with a pair of wings
||About 1/8” (2-10 mm)
||All, but primarily the southern regions
The Asian tiger mosquito is an exotic species that gets its
“tiger” name from the single white stripe down the center of its
head and back. The species was first discovered in the United
States in 1985 after arriving in a shipment of used tires from
Asia. Tires can hold stagnant water, which creates an ideal
breeding ground for mosquitoes that can transmit harmful
Like other mosquito species, only females require a blood meal
to produce eggs. Asian tiger mosquitoes typically feed during the
daylight hours when they are most active. The males do not bite and
primarily feed on plant nectar.
In warm regions, Asian tiger mosquitoes are active year-round.
However, they are known to overwinter in temperate climates. The
females lay their eggs inside items that can hold stagnant water,
such as tires, flowerpots, birdbaths and clogged drains.
The bite from a female Asian tiger mosquito can leave an itchy,
red bump on the skin. But, the real threat posed by this pest is
its ability to transmit numerous diseases including West Nile
virus, encephalitis and dengue fever. The Asian tiger mosquito is
also the primary vector for Chikungunya, a virus similar to dengue
fever. Fortunately, there haven’t been any reported outbreaks of
Chikungunya in the United States. Asian tiger mosquitoes are also
known to transmit heartworm in pets.