Coming on strong: concerns about the Asian Tiger Mosquito continue to mount

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The Asian tiger mosquito population continues to grow and strengthen globally.

The Asian tiger mosquito is not only a known vector of mosquito-borne illnesses, but is also very aggressive in its nature and is also aggressive in how quickly the species is spreading. Since its ill-fated arrival in 1985 in a shipment of used tires from Asia bound for Texas, the mosquito is quickly becoming an invasive threat to the United States and other countries as well. The species continues to permeate our ports via the tire trade scattering this vector around the globe at a dangerously pace. For developing countries the surge of disease-carrying mosquitoes could be very dangerous. Malaria was once pandemic but has been completely eradicated in the United States and other countries. However, developing countries don’t have the resources available to fight a vector that is growing at such an alarming rate worldwide as the Asian Tiger mosquito.Asian-Mosquito

A recent article from the National Institutes of Health and published by the US National Library of Medicine pointed out that the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus), is currently the most invasive mosquito in the world. It is very important medically because of the aggressive manner in which it feeds, and the fact that it also feeds during the day unlike other mosquitoes. It is also responsible for transmitting many mosquito-borne viruses such as LaCrosse Encephalitis, West Nile Virus and Dengue Fever. The global tire trade is constantly introducing additions to the already mounting Asian tiger population. These international tire deliveries are harboring the Asian tigers eggs hidden within the tires, a continuous cycle of potential disease ready to hatch.

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Mosquito Squad of Columbia is waging war on Asian tiger mosquitoes and fighting the bite!

A Genetic Algorithm for rule-set production (GARP) has been put in place to determine the ecological niche of the Asian tiger and predict the global ecological risk map for the continued spread of this mosquito species. Although, this method seems quite complicated it is really quite simple. By combining this analysis with the risk associated with the importation of tires arriving from countries already infested with this mosquito, and the countries that have already been invaded, the NIH is able to come up with a list of countries most at risk for future introduction to the species.

Although we can’t control the transport of Asian Tiger Mosquito eggs in a global economy, we can control the breeding of this mosquito in our own backyard.

There are a number of ways to greatly reduce your chances of reproduction of the Asian tiger mosquito on your property. Mosquito Squad has compiled a simple checklist of the 5T’s to mosquito-proofing your backyard. Along with no-nonsense precautions this list includes having your yard professionally treated to eradicate and control the spread of mosquitoes. Mosquito Squad of Columbia offers a season-long deterrent for all mosquitoes trying to make your backyard their lair. From our safe and highly effective mosquito barrier spray program to our automatic mosquito misting systems we can keep the mosquitoes population from spreading in your neck of the woods. Contact us today to learn more, and keep in mind Asian tiger mosquito control and prevention begins with you.

Call us today for a free quote • (803) 345 – 7575 • email:columbia@mosquitosquad.com

Mosquito Squad of Columbia takes the tiger (mosquito) by the tail

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The Asian tiger mosquito displays similar markings to its namesake, the tiger.

The Asian Tiger mosquito ( Aedes albopictus), also known as the  forest day mosquito, made its debut into North America in 1985 by hitching a ride in a shipment of used tires from Asia bound for the port of Houston, TX. Since that fateful day the Asian tiger mosquito has been moving its way across the United States rapidly and can now be found as far up our East coast as Maine.

Named for its similarities in coloration to its namesake, the Asian Tiger mosquito has bold black and white stripes on its legs as well as its body. The similarities to the tiger don’t stop there. This mosquito is said to also be very aggressive at feeding time as well. What makes the Asian Tiger so unique is the way in which it feeds. There are over 3,500 species of named mosquitoes throughout the world, most of these species typically like to feed from dusk until dawn. The Asian tiger mosquito however, is what is called a “day feeder”, meaning that it will feed anytime throughout the day with little regard for the presence of humidity or heat. This species is well-acclimated to tropical and sub-tropical regions and is steadily gaining resistance to some of the cooler climates found here in North America. As this invasive species moves into more regions of the U.S., it is continuously evolving to accommodate its ever-changing environment. Its feeding is more aggressive and many cite that the Tiger’s bite is more painful.

Asian-MosquitoOne of the reasons behind the Asian Tiger’s aggressive feeding habits quite possibly lies in its persistence. All female mosquitoes must ingest blood for proper development of their eggs.  This  particular mosquito will return to feed off of its victim to get it’s fill of blood even once it is swatted away. The Asian also feeds off a variety of mammals which leads to cross pathogens that can contribute to the transference of certain mosquito-borne diseases and illnesses. The Asian Tiger mosquito is a known vector of  West Nile, Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever, Encephalitis and Heartworms in pets – all of which have been reported in the Midlands of South Carolina.

This mosquito, along with being one of the most bloodthirsty of its class, is also known to be a master at laying its eggs in some of the smallest crevices in miniscule amounts of water including gutters, holes and crevices in trees, dense foliage and brush that may hold moisture and even in our trash and litter. A single soda bottle cap can become a nursery to hundreds of mosquito larvae. Anything that can hold or pool water within your landscape and around your home can serve as a place for a female mosquito to lay her eggs. It is of the utmost importance to inspect your surroundings on a regular basis and turn over, tip over or throw out anything that can aid in the mosquitoes reproductive process. Mosquito Squad calls this the five T’s of mosquito prevention.

  • Tip
  • Toss
  • Turn
  • Remove Tarps and tires
  • Treat

Following this formula will  prevent mosquitoes from biting you and your family and pets, and to reduce the risk of contracting a mosquito-borne illness or disease.

Asian Tiger Mosquito

Mosquito Squad of Columbia is waging war on mosquitoes and fighting the bite!

Mosquito Squad of Columbia understands the concerns that arise when you or someone you love gets even one unnecessary mosquito bite this season. The magic part of our treatment is that you don’t have to experience even the first bite by using our system. Our service entails spraying your property on regularly scheduled intervals for optimum mosquito control. Our barrier sprays are safe, effective and worry free. Once you have signed up with us, you won’t have to worry about scheduling or keeping track of when it is time to call us because our service is automatic. You may even forget about mosquitoes altogether without the hassle of having to spray yourself and your family down with dangerous topicals before each trip into your yard. Our philosophy is to treat your yard, instead of yourself.

To learn more about fighting the bite this season, including the dreaded Asian Tiger mosquito, contact Mosquito Squad of Columbia and enjoy your time outdoors for all the right reasons. Call us today to sign up• (803) 345 – 7575 • email: columbia@mosquitosquad.com