The Dangers Of The Maryland Mosquito – The Asian Tiger
Although not native to Maryland, the Asian Tiger mosquito has become a huge public health threat to Maryland residents.
Introduction To The Maryland Mosquito
The Asian Tiger Mosquito is an exotic species, having been introduced to North America from Asia. It was first discovered in Baltimore City in 1987, at a used tire processing plant. It is believed that the mosquito came to the United States from used tires. These used tires were quickly dispersed throughout the eastern states, including Maryland, helping with the rapid spread of the Asian Tiger mosquito.
The species is prevalent in all Maryland counties, except for Allegany and Garret. Obviously, this includes Anne Arundel County! The mosquitos do very well in residential areas that offer shade and water-holding containers.
Asian Tiger Mosquitos This Summer
If you find Asian Tiger mosquitos around this summer, it has likely come from your yard, or surrounding properties. Asian Tiger mosquitos are black, with white stripes – hence the name “tiger.” Asian Tiger mosquitos are persistent, moderately aggressive biters that prefer feeding on the lower legs. They are agile, meaning they can be difficult to kill with your hand during the summer. Their bite can often go unnoticed, as it is not particularly painful. Female mosquitos can often bite multiple people, multiple times in one night.
Asian Tiger mosquitos are present year-round in Maryland. Mosquito larvae is typically present from April through October, while adult mosquitos are found May through October. Their numbers are greatest during the summer.
Spread And Reproduction
Water-holding containers are ideal for female tiger mosquitos to lay their eggs. Asian Tiger mosquitos prefer an outdoor container in the shade over containers in the sun, or indoor containers. Only female mosquitos bite, as human blood provides a rich source of protein which assists in egg development.
Mosquito eggs are deposited just above a water surface. The eggs will hatch when they are submerged in water, assuming the water is above 60 degrees F. If the water temperature is lower than this, the eggs will not hatch. They will survive, however, until the water warms. This means that mosquito eggs can last through the winter, which helps explain the havoc they cause in the summer.
The best way to help with the reduction of Asian Tiger mosquitos is to reduce or eliminate any containers that provide a safe haven. Any water-holding containers should be dumped. This can immediately assist with any mosquito issues you have been having. Over 100,000 residential properties throughout Maryland provide habitats suitable for Asian Tiger mosquito breeding.
Eliminate Asian Tiger Mosquitos Today
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