Asian Tiger Mosquito
also known as the Asian tiger mosquito is from Southeast Asia. Human activity has allowed Ae. albopictus to expand
its range throughout much of the world. The mosquito was introduced into the
U.S. in the 1980’s. Currently, the Asian tiger mosquito is found in localized
areas of Massachusetts. The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) predicts that the
mosquito will expand its range into all of Massachusetts.
The Asian tiger mosquito is distinctive for several
reasons. The mosquito is a very
aggressive human biter and is capable of transmitting many diseases. It is a
small black and white day biting mosquito. Once Ae. albopictus has blood fed it will lay its eggs in any natural or
man-made container. Its lifecycle can be
very quick going from egg to adult in 10 days.
The adult never travels from its larval home. Eliminating containers is the best way to
control Ae. albopictus and other
the mosquito transmit disease?
Ae. albopictus is strongly attracted to humans and
other mammals. It is capable of transmitting
many different diseases. In nature it
has been found with a variety of viruses including Eastern equine encephalitis,
West Nile, dengue and chikungunya.
do I control Ae. albopictus?
The Asian tiger mosquito is best controlled through
habitat reduction. This means that
landowners should be vigilant about eliminating containers on their
property. The mosquito lays its eggs on
the side of containers at the water line.
As a result containers left out such as watering dishes and bird baths
should be scrubbed weekly. Containers
not in use should be taken inside or covered so they cannot fill with
water. Ae. albopictus is known for needing only small amounts of water to
live in, so landowners need to be extra vigilant when it comes to source
do I avoid mosquito bites?
1. When appropriate wear long sleeve shirts, long
pants, socks and shoes.
2. Avoid being outside when mosquitoes are
repellents as directed. There are a
variety of repellents that have been shown to be low risk and effective they
are DEET, picaridin, oil of lemon eucalyptus and IR3535.
window and door screens in good repair.
is Plymouth County Mosquito Control Project (PCMCP) doing?
Currently, we are working with Dept. of Public Health
to identify areas where the mosquito is present in the county and if they are
caring any viruses. We are also working
to educate public officials and the general public about the issue.
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