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Could the Asian Tiger Mosquito Cause Outbreak in 2013?

The Asian tiger mosquito is one of the most easily recognizable mosquito species due to its black and white stripes. They were first discovered in the U.S. in the 1980s and have grown in population ever since. Unlike many mosquito species, the Asian tiger mosquito is known to thrive in cities like New York and now Cornell University is studying whether or not the pest can lead to an outbreak of chikungunya in 2013.

Close-up of Asian Tiger Mosquito

Close-up of Asian Tiger Mosquito

Chikungunya is a vector-borne disease that has similar symptoms to dengue fever. Common symptoms include fever, rash, joint pain and headaches. Chikungunya is normally brought to the United States through travelers from Africa and Asia. Cornell University has been studying the disease and its possible growth in the U.S. through the Asian tiger mosquito.

Climate warming and international travel was looked at to see how it can affect the spread of Chikungunya through a computer model. The model shows that if one person carrying the disease is bitten by an Asian tiger mosquito, there is a high probability of an outbreak, in some areas affecting 1 in every 5,000 people. According to the prediction, outbreaks could occur in New York during August and September, in Atlanta from June to September and year-round in Miami. The Asian tiger mosquito will be a significant carrier of the disease due to its urban dwelling life.

There is no vaccine for Chikungunya at this time so health officials are urging travelers and homeowners to protect themselves by ridding areas of standing water and wearing long sleeves, pants and repellent at times when mosquitoes are most active. It’s important for those travelers leaving the country to also know the risk and symptoms of the areas they travel to.

Asian Tiger Mosquito

Asian Tiger Mosquito

While it will be interesting to see if Cornell’s predictions are correct, we at Mosquito Squad think it is always important to protect yourself from mosquitoes, ticks and the harmful disease they can spread. Asian tiger mosquitoes, like all mosquitoes, breed in standing water, and not just large bodies of water. Three hundred mosquito eggs can be laid in a puddle as small as a bottle cap! Make sure you empty any standing water from your yard at least once a week and more frequently when temperatures are warmer. Mosquito reproduction occurs more quickly in warmer temperatures.

Some properties will need professional mosquito control to rid the space of mosquitoes. For that, you have Mosquito Squad!

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City dwellers feel the wrath of the Asian tiger mosquito.

summer camp memories

Do your summer camp memories include mosquitoes?

Where does your memory bank take you when you think of being bitten by a mosquito? Is is that summer you went to camp and brought home the knowledge of how to tie 5 different knots, and a body covered in itchy welts? Maybe, just maybe, it was last week’s backyard barbecue when your husband outdid himself with his BBQ chicken and the mosquitoes outdid themselves as well, running all your friends home early.

When most of think about the type of setting mosquitoes prefer we picture a backyard, or the woods. We rarely ever picture a metropolis sprawling with tall buildings and alive with honking taxis, but that is exactly where officials are reporting scourges of mosquitoes, and even worse, the dreaded Asian tiger mosquito is taking up residence. It is like reading that cherished old children’s tale about the city mouse and the country mouse, the only difference is the mice are actually mosquitoes and this story is not bound for a happy ending.

On July 20th, 2011 The Wall Street Journal confirmed the presence of the Asian tiger mosquito in New York City. This mosquito loves urban areas. The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) is developing a cost-effective way to control these mosquitoes. The Asian tiger is showing up in urban areas such as NY city for the simple reason that urban areas stay 5-10 degrees warmer than rural areas. These mosquitoes love the heat and humidity, as they are daytime feeders as well as evening feeders, unlike other species of mosquitoes who only feed during the evening hours. The conditions are perfect for Asian tiger mosquitoes to hang out longer, and with the nationwide heat wave, we are seeing them earlier into the season as well.  The Wall Street Journal cites that the Asian tiger mosquitoes arrived three months earlier this year than they did last year, this year they made their appearance in June. To read the entire WSJ  article visit

Asian Tiger Mosquito

Asian Tiger Mosquito

The Asian tiger mosquito is an invasive species with its roots traced back to Southeast Asia. It showed up in America in 1985  when it hitched a ride in a shipment of used  tires bound for the port of Houston, Texas. Since that fated shipment in 1985 the rest is history. These mosquitoes have spread like wildfire all the way up the East coast as far as Maine. The Asian tiger gets its name from its distinct black and white striped markings that mimic those of a tiger.

Not only do Asian tiger mosquitoes feed during the day, they are also aggressive feeders sometimes attacking their victim several times until they are satisfied. These mosquitoes also require very little water to lay their eggs in to multiply the species and thus, they multiply quickly and in large numbers. They can lay their eggs in the holes of a tree, wet leaves, ditches and very miniscule amounts of water to be efficient breeders. It is important to keep all containers turned over and thrown away to discourage infestations from beginning in your own backyard. These mosquitoes can lay hundreds of eggs in a container no larger that a soda bottle lid. Keeping your gutters clean and free of debris also a good way to discourage these pests from multiplying as well. Mosquito Squad outlines the important “5 T’s” to mosquito control in this informative piece

Mosquito Squad keeps you and your family mosquito free

Mosquito Squad keeps you and your family mosquito free

Common sense precautions are key to preventing experiencing this mosquitoes wrath. Having a licensed professional treat your property is a great way to prevent mosquitoes from your living areas as well. Mosquito Squad has a proven, safe and effective barrier spray program that kills mosquitoes that are in your yard and prevents further infestation from the residual left from the spray. These sprays are scheduled in intervals throughout the mosquito season to give you season-long mosquito control. Mosquito Squad can also install a super effective mosquito misting system on your property that is highly effective in giving you continuous control. After all, out of sight and out of mind is the best solution to dealing with mosquitoes.

Contact Mosquito Squad today to learn more and put an end to the scourge of mosquitoes on your property. Contact us at 877-667-7823 or email us at we can put an end to your mosquito ( and tick) woes.

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Would you know an Asian Tiger Mosquito if it bit you over the head

Asian Tiger Mosquito

The Asian Tiger Mosquito is black with white stripes

Here is a picture of an Asian Tiger Mosquito. They don’t look too much different from regular mosquitoes.

Would you know one if you saw it? What’s the difference between these an other mosquitoes.

According to, there are 174 species of mosquitoes in the United States – and growing. In Maryland, there are 58 species currently identified says Larry Johnson of Mosquito Squad of Frederick Maryland on his blog. Asian Tiger mosquitoes are different from most of the other 58 species of mosquitoes identified in Maryland.  They are very aggressive day feeders.  They’re very fast and leave their bite before you know they’ve been there.

What makes them a little scarier is they don’t need a lot of water to breed.  They can lay their eggs in tree holes, gutters, and other small places where water puddles.

Mosquito Squad treatment has shown to be effective in fighting Asian Tiger Mosquitoes in the Frederick, MD area.

Asian Tiger mosquito stripes on legs

Asian Tiger mosquito stripes on legs

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), Asian Tiger mosquitoes are known carriers of Dengue Fever, West Nile Virus, and Encephalitis.

Mosquito Squad has 8 locations in Maryland. With Mosquito Squad, your yard is sprayed every three weeks throughout the entire summer/mosquito season eliminating 90+% of the mosquitoes in your yard. Here are the locations in Maryland:

Greater Washington DC • visit (571) 830 – 8002 • email:

Annapolis • visit (877) 667 – 0823 • email:

, MD • visit (301) 444 – 5566 • email:

Howard County • visit (301) 926 – 3001 • email:

Staring an Asian Tiger Mosquito in the eyes

Staring an Asian Tiger Mosquito in the eyes

Montgomery County • visit (301) 926 – 3001 • email:

Frederick • visit (301) 263 – 7220 • email:

Eastern Shore of Maryland and Delaware • visit (443) 282 – 1164 • email:

Northeastern Baltimore • visit (410) 529 – 8885 • email:

To find out if there’s a Mosquito Squad near you, check out the Mosquito Squad web site:

Close-up of Asian Tiger Mosquito

Close-up of Asian Tiger Mosquito

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