Asian tiger mosquitoes (Aedes Aegypti) are a newer breed of mosquito to the South Shore. It wasn’t until 1985 that they were discovered in the United States and since that time they have migrated up the entire Eastern Seaboard. Originating in the Far East, Asian tiger mosquitoes are recognizable by their bold tiger-like striping pattern. They are known carriers (vectors) of West Nile Virus (WNV), Chikungunya, encephalitis, including Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), and malaria. Of those diseases, it is the threat of WNV and EEE that are of highest concern to us on South Shore Mass, since we have confirmed cases of mosquitoes infected with those viruses each year.
There are a few other distinguishable things about Asian tiger mosquitoes. One of the most noticeable is that they are daytime feeders. Unlike other mosquitoes, who traditionally feed from dusk till dawn, Asian tigers are highly active even during the heat of the day. Considered a highly aggressive mosquito, these little bugs do not back off when swatted at, but rather will come back with a vengeance.
Did you know that only female mosquitoes bite? They use the blood from humans, animals, birds, and even reptiles and amphibians to help with their egg production. Rapid reproduction is paramount to mosquitoes and Asian tigers are no exception. They lay from 100 – 300 eggs at a time. This adds up to 3,000 eggs during their lifespan. Asian tiger mosquitoes are highly territorial, rarely flying more than half a mile from their breeding site. Since it only takes a bottle cap’s worth of water for them to breed in, tipping over any standing water in your yard on a regular basis is a great step in preventing your home from becoming a welcoming habitat.
The best seasonal protection for South Shore MA mosquito control for treating Asian tiger mosquitoes is the use of an effective barrier spray. Our barrier spray treats more than just the perimeter of your home. The preferred Shore MA mosquito control service is backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease and heartworms are all carried by ticks and mosquitoes! Mosquito Squad of the South Shore gives added protection to your family, friends and pets with our proven effective barrier sprays. Reduce these pests by up to 85% – 90% in your Southeastern Mass yard. No bugs. No bites. No kidding!