The link between the Asian Tiger mosquito and West Nile Virus

Asian tiger on leaf

The Asian tiger mosquito is a known vector of West Nile virus, Dengue and Yellow Fever.

Along with being an aggressive day feeding mosquito, the Asian Tiger mosquito is also a known vector of West Nile Virus and is a vector of Dengue and Yellow fever as well. This mosquito, which made its appearance here in North America by hitching a ride within a shipment of tires bound for Texas from Asia in 1985, is definitely foe rather than friend. West Nile Virus is a potentially serious illness that  is primarily spread through infected mosquitoes. West Nile virus infection affects humans, horses and other domestic animals. The first case of West Nile in South Carolina was reported in 2002.

With West Nile cases, symptoms generally appear within 3-14 days after the onset of infection. Symptoms include fever, headache and body aches. Although in some cases people won’t have any symptoms at all. West Nile Virus can move into becoming West Nile Encephalitis in one out of 150 people infected with West Nile Virus. This is a dangerous, neuroinvasive disease that causes inflammation of the area that surrounds the brain as well as the spinal cord. Signs that West Nile Encephalitis is present include stiffness of the neck, severe headaches, confusion, tremors, seizures, paralysis, coma and in some cases death.

Asian Tiger Mosquito Columbia SC

Fortunately, South Carolina has been testing for West Nile since 1999 which includes detection in birds, mosquitoes, mammals and humans.  At this point  the only cure for West Nile is time. The medical professionals focus on relieving the patient of  the symptoms while their body tries to fight the illness. This means that the best measure against West Nile is prevention.

Since the Asian Tiger mosquito, or Aedes albopictus , as well as forty-three other mosquito species are known to transmit the West Nile virus, it is in your best interests to avoid mosquitoes. Avoidance begins with controlling and preventing mosquitoes within your property. Exercising mosquito safe practices such as avoiding overgrowth and keeping your lawn and shrubbery trimmed and cleaned out is one way to discourage mosquitoes that like to harbor in the cool, damp, shady surroundings of an unkempt yard. Examining your property and around your house frequently for any sign of standing water and keep these turned over. Throw away or tip over any object that can pool water. Keep your gutters clean. Change the water in your bird bath, animal watering containers, and horse troughs frequently to avoid them becoming a nursery for new mosquitoes to lay their eggs. Having a licensed mosquito control professional treat your yard and property to kill and prevent mosquitoes as well.

Mosquito Squad of Columbia fights the bite with our safe and effective barrier spray programs designed to take the worry out of mosquito control and prevention. Our spray is applied on a regular schedule throughout the season to keep the mosquitoes and the dangers they pose to us, our family and our pets away all season long too. Contact us to learn more about our mosquito control programs and all of our other pest control programs as well. We also treat for fire ants, fleas, ticks, spiders and flies. Call us today to get started on your season long protection • (803) 345 – 7575 • email: columbia@mosquitosquad.com

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Wet weather in the Columbia, SC area is making gnat populations rise along with our annoyance

Up close and personal with a gnat.

Up close and personal with the annoying gnat.

Those little backyard pests have arrived in full force this season. They are sometimes referred to as “no see um’s” which is really a cute word for the very annoying gnat!  Those tiny bugs that you can’t see before they are inches in front of you are called gnats. Gnats seem to find their way into our homes and are attracted by rotting food and moisture. Some come into your home on fruit that you have purchased, others gnats find their way inside through openings in your house such as doors and cracks. Gnats are actually part of the Diptera family of insects, with the name implying “two wings”, and are a type of fly.

Along with being annoying, certain types of gnats do bite humans which can lead to skin irritations. Some gnats also spread disease. Gnats multiply quickly, laying hundreds of eggs in a short amount of time which can lead to unsanitary conditions if the problem gets out of control in and around your home.

Getting to know your gnat

Gnats in Spring

Does this resemble your backyard?

There are several types of gnats and each come with their own propensity to annoy us in different ways. Eye gnats live off the eye fluid of animals such as livestock that like to congregate in herds. Extremely large aggregations of eye gnats are common in areas that have loose sandy soils, especially in the southern United States. Some research indicates eye gnats can cause conjunctivitis, cancer and other disease in cows.

Gall gnats, also known by some as “midges” are tiny and frail and can wreak havoc on crops when present in large numbers. Sand gnats also called “no see ums” bite and actually suck blood leaving red bumps and rashes behind in their wake. Sand gnats are prevalent in sandy areas. Fungus gnats are found in moist environments and thrive on decomposing food and can be found in many homes thriving in household plants.

Gnats are very difficult to control when we have normal precipitation but are even more difficult to control with all the wet weather we have experienced thus far for the season. In essence the rain, and over watering associated with the weather is a huge contributor of rising gnat populations all over the Columbia area. This season we have seen a particularly bad gnat problem on the South side of Lexington, SC. This is due in part to the sand based soil prevalent in that area which facilitate large gnat populations.Gnats prefer laying their eggs in areas where their brood can easily rise up from the loose soil. Gnats like similar conditions to those of mosquitoes – damp, warm, moist areas with lush vegetation and standing water. More humidity and moisture, paired with the abundance of foliage and flowers, make the perfect home for gnats.

Gnat on leaf with a raindrop

Notice the sheer size of this tiny gnat as it appears next to a drop of dew.

Getting rid of the gnats

To get the best results you will want to take additional measures to make your area less conducive to gnats. Remove rotting vegetation from the yard, including the spent undersides of any potted plants or flowers on or around your deck or patio. Remove and tip over devices that may hold standing water. Remove old leaves, logs, and dead fall around your home. Rake out the area and let it dry out this will discourage the gnat from returning to those areas. When watering your lawn or plants, don’t over water. You want the areas to sufficiently dry out before watering again. We recommend watering 3 days per week, and water in the early morning hours so the sun, paired with evaporation throughout the day will dry off any excess moisture present. Mosquito Squad of Columbia advises you to stay on our mosquito control program throughout the season to get the best gnat control. We cannot guarantee the gnat control applications but 75% of our customers who are on both the mosquito and gnat control saw a significant decrease in the gnats in their yards.

Here is our solution. With every barrier spray treatment, we spray the ground with the product we use to control mosquitoes. If this is not sufficient then we add an additional product used to treat the gnats and fleas specifically. In extreme cases we can enroll you in our platinum program where we spray your yard on a 2 week schedule.  We have had a great deal of success in protecting residents in the area from gnats. The degree of treatment you will need depends on your individual circumstances and property.

The crew at Mosquito Squad of Columbia

The crew at Mosquito Squad of Columbia

Contact Mosquito Squad of Columbia to learn more about controlling the bugs that are bothering you, including gnats, mosquitoes, fire ants, fleas, ticks, spiders and flies. We can help keep you and your family happy and healthy this season with bug-free days, and bug-free nights. Call us today for a free quote •  (803) 345 – 7575 • email:columbia@mosquitosquad.com

Who’s afraid of the big bad wolf spider? Not I, say the Columbia residents who use Mosquito Squad

Carolina wolf spider

How many eyes does a Carolina brown wolf spider have? “the better to see you with my dear”

Few insects can instill as much fear in us as a spider. While mosquitoes, ticks, fire ants and other nuisance pests can inflict pain and misery on us, it is the spider that many of us see in our nightmares. One of the creepiest spiders around is one which is commonly sighted in our yards, on our decks and even in our homes this time of year- the wolf spider. If you run into one of these spiders it is very possible you will experience more than you bargained for.

Wolf spiders are rarely seen during the day because they are nocturnal and hunt their prey in the evening. These spiders have eight eyes arranged in three rows; two of these eyes are notably large and prominent helping to distinguish a wolf spider from other spiders with a similar appearance such as the Nursery web spider. The spider’s large eyes aid in hunting and are also prone to glow in the evening when subjected to a light source. This means you’d better look twice when entering into the garage in the evening because those glowing eyes staring back at you might  just be a wolf spider!

Wolf spider

Notice the large row of eyes unique to the wolf spider.

Wolf spiders can inject venom if continually provoked. Symptoms of their bite include swelling, mild pain and itching. Australian and South American wolf spiders are capable of inflicting bites that are medically significant, but this is rare in North American wolf spiders. The venom from this species has been known to cause necrotic lesions in some, although people’s responses vary widely.  Keep in mind that most all spiders contain venom and people respond to this venom in various ways. Having a sensitivity or allergic reaction to a spider bite that is considered safe can still turn a wolf spider bite into a dangerous situation.

Wolf spiders are prolific hunters, as their namesake implies, and rely on their eyesight and speed to track down and catch their meal rather than using a web. Despite their garish appearance many homeowners believe the wolf spider to be beneficial because its diet consists of other more dangerous arachnids lurking  just like a wolf in sheep’s clothing.

South Carolina is no stranger to the ways of the wolf spider. Our state spider is a behemoth known as the Carolina Wolf Spider which is the largest known Wolf Spider found in North America. Carolina wolf spiders, just like all wolf spiders are wonderful Mothers. Wolf spiders are unique among their species because the females carry their eggs along with them in a round silken egg sack attached to their abdomens. The abdomen must be held up in a raised position to keep the egg case from dragging on the ground, but they can still hunt. Also unique among spiders is their method of infant care. Immediately after the babies hatch and emerge from their protective case, they climb up their mother’s legs like a ladder where they crowd together on her back. Here they’ll stay for a few weeks until they’re large enough to hunt on their own. Wolf spider babies also have the ability to bite, just like their mom does. Take a look at this video we found on YouTube showing a momma wolf spider with a brood of infants on her back.

Spiders are a huge problem near waterfront homes and here in the Greater Columbia area, the Lake Murray waterfront and smaller lakes and rivers serve as home to many of our residents. Many of the state’s spider species also call the waterfront home.  When you have a home that is relatively close to water you will undoubtedly have a spider problem at one point or another. Bugs are abundant near water and thus the spider can have a backyard buffet of bugs to choose from.  Spiders are a territorial insect that once they set up shop, it is difficult to get rid of them without intervention.

carolina-wolf-spider

Up close and personal with the state spider of S.C., the Carolina Wolf Spider.

Mosquito Squad of Columbia offers spider control that will rid you of your spider woes. You will see immediate results.  Our treatment is applied every 21 days from April until October (and in some cases year-round) and you will never have to worry about the dangers or mess created by a spider problem.

Contact Mosquito Squad of Columbia to take care of your spider problems as well as problems with other bothersome bugs. We also protect your home from mosquitoes, fire ants, fleas, ticks, and flies. Our program is backed by our expertise and a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

The crew at Mosquito Squad of Columbia

The crew at Mosquito Squad of Columbia

Call us at (803) 345 –  7575 or  send us an email at columbia@mosquitosquad.com

Just one female mosquito + your backyard = one billion mosquitoes! You do the mosquito math

Blood filled female mosquito

The presence of one female mosquito can spawn a brood of over one billion mosquitoes in your backyard!

I know it may seem like a stretch, but in absolute truth one female mosquito can spawn over one billion mosquitoes in just 4 short weeks. It would be great if there were only 1 mosquito in your yard. The warm weather and abundant rainfall make our Columbia backyard conditions perfect breeding grounds for mosquitoes. By simple multiplication, the natural order of the mosquito population turns an army of just one female mosquito into an army of over 1 billion mosquitoes! Here is how it works…

Week One

mosquito math week 1

In order for a female mosquito to develop viable eggs to facilitate reproduction she must obtain a sufficient blood meal from a human or other mammal. This single female mosquito will then proceed to lay up to 300 eggs. Mosquitoes can lay up to three batches of eggs during their short lifetime. From here the mosquito has already perpetuated a significant amount of blood-thirsty offspring in which about half, will be other blood thirsty mosquitoes.

mosquito math week 2Week Two

Our equation now includes 150 new female mosquitoes, plus the original matriarch of the brood which brings the total to 151 female mosquitoes. This is where it really gets interesting; the 150 daughters of the original female mosquito will also lay up to 300 eggs each. This brings the total number of mosquitoes up to 45,300, of which half are female.

Week Three

mosquito math week 3This now means 22,650 female mosquitoes will once again lay up to 300 eggs each bringing the number during their egg laying period to 6,795,300. That is almost 7 million mosquitoes brought into your backyard via one female mosquito in just 3 weeks! The same strategy of half being born female will leave us with 3,397,000 females ready to do it all over again.

Week Four

mosquito math week 4The sum of all homeowner’s fear will weigh in at a whopping 1,319,250,000 mosquitoes from just one female mosquito! That’s 1 point 3 BILLION! This fact is scarier than fiction!

Mosquito eggs

Just one female mosquito can lay up to 300 eggs at a time, and can do lay up to 3 batches during her lifetime.

Fortunately, there is a way to stop this vicious cycle in your Columbia area backyard. Mosquito Squad of Columbia’s barrier spray program will eliminate mosquitoes that are present on your property and prevent more from taking up residence. By reducing the number of mosquitoes on your treated property, you can literally eliminate billions of mosquitoes. Not only will eliminating these mosquitoes offer you the freedom and peace of mind to enjoy the outdoors this season, it will also reduce the number of mosquitoes within your yard that carry disease.

mosquito math

By doing the mosquito math your will see preventing mosquitoes in your yard this season is as easy as 1,2,3.

Now is the time to schedule your season long mosquito control. Warm weather is here and the recent abundance of rain mean that in a few short weeks mosquito populations will explode in our region. We use our effective mosquito barrier control spray to eliminate mosquitoes within the treated area and prevent more from entering into the treated area (your property) for up to 21 days per application. Our easy, worry free scheduling ensures there are no gaps in service.  We will set you up on a scheduled interval to spray your yard in order to gain complete control over mosquitoes and their ability to multiply. Our service is easy, safe and highly effective.

The crew at Mosquito Squad of Columbia is here to protect you and your family from mosquitoes all season long.

The crew at Mosquito Squad of Columbia is here to protect you and your family from mosquitoes all season long.

Our program is backed by our expertise and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. Contact Mosquito Squad of Columbia to learn more. Call us today for a free quote • (803) 345 – 7575 • email:Columbia@MosquitoSquad.com

Mosquito Squad of Columbia teaches us that all mosquito treatments aren’t created equal!

Mosquito on spring flowers

The abundance of rain will ensure plentiful blooms and mosquitoes this season.

With all the recent rain we’ve had in the Columbia area, the mosquito season is likely to be a doozy this season. Standing water is everywhere which means the mosquitoes are using that pooled water to lay millions and millions of eggs. With the probability of a booming mosquito season, it’s important to keep you and your family protected from these backyard menaces and the many illnesses they carry. In choosing the right mosquito professional to take care of your mosquito control needs, it is important to choose someone who is experienced in getting the job done right the first time.

mosquito larvae and eggs in standing water

Mosquito larvae and eggs in standing water

I am sure you have seen the advertisements around town offering mosquito control. Many of these companies don’t even specialize in mosquito control and most only offer a “knock down” treatment rather than a residual product that truly protects. Knock down treatments mean that the product is only effective on the mosquitoes that are present in the yard at the time of treatment. Knock down treatments are all most of these companies use, that is why many customers have been left with a bad taste in their mouth and lots of bites on their bodies. The knock-down treatment is very inexpensive compared to the residual product but, you get what you pay for. Many Columbia residents feel that this is the only type of control available in the area. Mosquito Squad of Columbia is here to tell you that you can have a mosquito and tick free yard all summer with our duo of knock down protection and timed release extended treatment.

Not all mosquito treatments are created equal

We are raising the bar here in the Columbia area when it comes to mosquito control and we have the competition running scared. They know our product works, and theirs just scratches the surface at controlling mosquitoes. We use a proprietary treatment that includes three different products to deliver the ultimate effectiveness.  We not only offer different levels of protection, we also offer many specialty treatments. We are specialists in outdoor pests. While other companies only offer a general pest management approach, we offer many different options that target the pests you are having problems with. Flying pests are much more difficult to control than crawling pests. Don’t ever let a company tell you there is no difference in the two, or there is nothing effective at targeting them both. At Mosquito Squad, that’s what we do.

Mosquito Squad of Columbia doesn't give mosquitoes or ticks a biting chance

Mosquito Squad of Columbia doesn’t give mosquitoes and other nuisance insects a biting chance!

Full protection throughout the summer:

If you talk to a professional who has knowledge about products used to eliminate mosquitoes, the knowledgeable ones will tell you it will wear off after about three weeks.  Our competitors spray every 4 weeks which guarantees their customers will be unhappy 25% of the time.

Our regular barrier spray program is scheduled every 3 weeks for optimal results. Not only will the treatments eliminate existing mosquitoes and ticks in your backyard upon application, they will also create a veil of protection designed to keep more mosquitoes from entering your treated property until the next treatment. Our customers can also choose our platinum service with service every 14 days for the ultimate protection. If you come across a landscape or lawn service and they say they take care of mosquito control, beware. Their product most likely does not have the residual performance and the licenses usually held by landscape and lawn companies restrict them from spraying decks, patios, porches, home siding or structures. At Mosquito Squad of Columbia, we have the licenses to treat your structures as well as your yard.

Mosquito Squad of Columbia offers natural treatment programs that are garlic or mint based. Natural products have less residual protection than their contemporaries and need to be applied on a two-week schedule in order to gain the most effectiveness.

If you aren’t satisfied with any facet of the results you receive from our product, we re-spray at no charge. It is that simple. We always make sure our customers are taken care of, that is why Mosquito Squad of Columbia has so many repeat customers, because once you find out what works and who you can trust, that is the company you stick with. Along with our safe and highly effective pest control programs we also offer mosquito misting systems. Don’t just take our word for it. Visit our Mosquito Squad of Columbia website and read our reviews.

Blood filled female mosquito

Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance, they also carry a wide range of illness and disease,

At Mosquito Squad of Columbia, we also offer services for other nuisance insects such as ticks, spiders, fleas, gnats, fire ants, flies, wasps,  and aphids. Our specialty is eliminating the bugs above ground that are bugging you. You may find less expensive services elsewhere, but you will not find someone who provides better service or more effective protection. Mosquito Squad of Columbia surveys amond customers rank us 5 points ABOVE “World Class” ranking with more than 90% of our customers willing to refer us to friends and family.

Contact Mosquito Squad of Columbia today to learn why we are the pest control company that so many area residents are choosing to keep to help ensure their mosquito free lifestyle. Call us today for a free quote • (803) 345 – 7575 • email:Columbia@MosquitoSquad.com

Will Mosquito Squad of Columbia protect you against mosquitoes and ticks? Yes!

Chrysantemum flowers the base for Pyrethrin

Chrysanthemum flowers the base for pyrethrin, the products we use are a synthetic of pyrethrin.

Our role as a nuisance pest control professional is twofold. We are committed to providing our customers with a highly effective mosquito, tick control and outdoor pest service and we are committed to ensuring the products we use will protect you, your pets and the environment. At Mosquito Squad of Columbia, we encourage our customers to ask lots of questions about the effectiveness of our product so we can share that our products will protect you when properly used according to label directions.

Dog getting application of dermal flea and tick control

Dog getting application of dermal flea and tick control.

The chemicals we use are pyrethroids, which are a synthetic form of pyrethrin – a naturally derived extract of  chrysanthemum flowers. Pyrethroids are the same medium used to treat various types of lice on humans. Pyrethroids are listed on the lowest end of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) registry. Since some of the key products we apply in our proprietary blend are micro-encapsulated, this means the concentration is so minute and widely dispersed, that it has both an immediate and lasting effect on mosquitoes but not on humans or pets. In perspective, you could eat a leaf or grass that has just had product applied to it and it would not cause any harm to you or your pets.

Head lice

The same chemical we use is found in head lice treatments and shampoos..

The concentration of our product is less than 1/10 of 1%. Compare this to a dermal product such as Frontline or other topical pest controls we readily apply directly to our pets which have concentrations of 9 to 12%. Our highly effective method of application places the product where mosquitoes and ticks rest vs. applying to product to the host (you or your pets), thereby eliminating the need for dermal application of chemical to skin. Since our product is micro-encapsulated, microscopic bubbles of product are left behind which is how we are able to provide both immediate control and lasting prevention of pests such as mosquitoes, ticks, gnats and fleas.

The makeup of a pyrethroid is such that the effective compounds begin to break down at about 21 days following application. This breakdown of the product combined with the life cycle of mosquitoes are the reasons behind scheduled applications of the product on a 21-day cycle to provide continuous protection for the homeowner. It also allows us to provide season long mosquito protection for our Columbia-area residents.

The product we use is indeed a chemical but when applied and used properly will protect you and your family. Our technicians are all well trained. Our insect control applicators wear respirators so as to not inhale the aerosol during application.Once the chemical has been applied and allowed 30 minutes to dry these precautions are no longer necessary.

Blood filled female mosquito

Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance, they also carry a wide range of illness and disease,

In order to protect beneficial insects such as bees and butterflies, our technicians are thoroughly trained to never spray anything in bloom, where bees and butterflies land.  Plus pyrethroids are NOT in the family of neonicotinoids that are feared to be of danger to beneficial pollinators.  In addition, Mosquito Squad of Columbia offers today’s most effective spider and crawling pest solutions including innovative green products for use on and over water.

The crew at Mosquito Squad of Columbia

Contact us to learn more about our effective program.

Mosquito Squad of Columbia was founded in 2005; we understand the constant nuisance and dangers of diseases like West Nile, Heartworm and Lyme Disease that mosquitoes, ticks and other biting pests can bring.  Our mission is to put a stop to this biting madness, and give you back your backyard – on your terms. Each acclaimed Pest Protection Barrier Spray will effectively eliminate 85-90% of your mosquito and tick population for three weeks.

Please contact Mosquito Squad of Columbia to learn more about our  effective barrier spray program today. Call us today for a free quote • (803) 345 – 7575 • email:Columbia@MosquitoSquad.com

You can learn more about the chemical we use by visiting
http://www.idph.state.il.us/envhealth/factsheets/pyrethroid.htm

Mosquito Squad of Columbia answers the top 10 questions about the Asian tiger mosquito

Asian Tiger Mosquito

Mosquito Squad of Columbia is waging war against disease carrying mosquitoes like the Asian tiger mosquito in Columbia SC.

Among the many mosquitoes that call Columbia and the surrounding area home, the Asian tiger mosquito is by far the most feared and talked about. Maybe this is in part due to its unique black and white striped appearance which give this pest its name. Mosquito Squad of Columbia receives a substantial number of inquiries about the Asian tiger mosquito and how to get rid of the little bugger. We put together a question and answer story that covers the top 10 concerns regarding this mosquito. This will put to rest any misconceptions regarding the species and make you more aware of the type of mosquito you are dealing with.

Question #1 – Why has the tiger mosquito become such a nuisance lately? Has it always been around and I didn’t notice it?  Some mosquito species have visited the U.S. over the years and their existence has been short lived due to incompatibility with our climate or competition from our native species. However, this is not the case with the Asian tiger mosquito. Even though this species originated in tropical and sub-tropical climates it has acclimated itself quite well to varying conditions all over the U.S. Research indicates this is due to their prolific breeding habits and their secretive lifestyle. The Asian Tiger has proven to be much more difficult to control than any of our native mosquito species. This mosquito conforms to its surroundings very well. They are equally at home in a well maintained, landscaped yard as in an unkempt yard. The Asian tiger mosquito adjusts to its surroundings and is able to find some type of habitat to their liking no matter where they are.

Mosquito eggs

Mosquito eggs- yuck!

Question #2 – How many eggs does an Asian tiger mosquito lay? These mosquitoes have the uncanny ability to lay hundreds of eggs in minimal space which makes controlling the species even more difficult. One female Asian tiger  mosquito can lay up to 500 eggs during her 3 week life which can spawn as many as 12 generations  of mosquitoes in a year.

Question #3 – Does the Asian tiger mosquito require water to breed? This species of mosquito is what is referred to as a “container breeder”. The Asian tiger mosquito can breed in a wide variety of containers, and in smaller sized containers than other native mosquito species. This mosquito will lay eggs in holes and crevices in trees, around the base of planters, within discarded tires and any object that holds water. Often times Asian Tigers will lay their eggs near stagnant mud holes, pools, and in tree crevices and holes. They will also use any container that will eventually pool water.

Question #4 – What happens if/when the Asian tiger mosquito bites you?  The Asian tiger mosquito is known to be a more aggressive feeder than other mosquito species. Just one tiger mosquito may bite up to ten times trying to complete its hunt for a blood meal. They are suburban and urban pests and have been known to swarm people much like a bee or yellow jacket does. Since the Asian tiger is more aggressive, the bite from one of these mosquitoes is said to be more painful than that of other mosquitoes. Asian tiger mosquitoes can also be sneaky in obtaining a blood meal and will often bite our ankles, legs and backs or undersides of arms where they are less likely to be noticed. This mosquito has been linked to West Nile virus, La Crosse and Eastern Equine encephalitis in the U.S., so it is important to avoid the mosquito if at all possible.

Asian tiger on leaf

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

Question #5 – What are the feeding times for an Asian tiger mosquito? Easy answer, all the time! The Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, is also called the “forest day mosquito”. The reason it is sometimes referred to the forest day mosquito is because this species is a day biting mosquito. While most other species typically bite from dusk to dawn the Asian Tiger is on the prowl during the day. Outdoors, they typically only bite during the daytime which is sun-up to sundown. The Asian tiger mosquito will sometimes bite after dark, but only when there is illumination from outdoor lights, or when they get indoors.

Question #6 – Is the Asian tiger mosquito deadly? The Asian tiger will feed of numerous hosts in the cycle of getting enough blood to aid in the development of her eggs. She can pass dangerous mosquito-borne diseases on to humans such as St. Louis encephalitis, La Crosse encephalitis and West Nile Virus. Mosquito borne illnesses can lead to death and should not be taken lightly. This mosquito is a known vector of the deadly Dengue fever and Yellow fever in areas outside the U.S.

Question #7 – Will the Asian tiger mosquito eventually become the dominant species of mosquito here in the U.S.? Since the arrival of the Asian tiger via a fateful delivery of used tires from Asia bound for Texas, the species has quickly moved to regions all over North America. With its invasive tendencies and aggressive behavior the Asian tiger mosquito can out compete and even possibly eradicate other species with similar breeding habits over time.

Question #8 – How far will an Asian tiger mosquito travel during its lifetime?  This mosquito usually never travels further than ½ mile of where it breeds. Since it stays close to home, your best defense is to keep them out of your yard!

Mosquito Squad of Columbia doesn't give mosquitoes or ticks a biting chance

Mosquito Squad of Columbia doesn’t give mosquitoes or ticks a biting chance

Question #9 – Do male Asian tiger mosquitoes bite people? No, only the female mosquito in all mosquito species feeds on blood. Males are vegetarians and only feed from plant matter and nectar and are actually somewhat of a beneficial pollinator!

Question #10 – How can I control the Asian tiger mosquito? Safe mosquito practices such as keeping your property free of debris and potential mosquito breeding areas and treating your property will keep the mosquitoes away from your home and yard. Mosquito Squad of Columbia offers protection against all species of mosquitoes, including the Asian tiger. Our safe and effective barrier spray program is designed to keep you mosquito free the entire season.

Take the tiger by the tail this season and contact Mosquito Squad of Columbia to learn more. Call us today for a free quote • (803) 345 – 7575 • email: Columbia@MosquitoSquad.com