Here in North Carolina, mosquitoes are extremely prevalent. In fact, there are over 150 different species within the state. While nearly all are feeders and possess the ability of transmitting diseases, there is one species in particular that creates the most worry; this species is the Aedes albopictus (Asian Tiger). What is the Asian tiger mosquito and why is it making headlines? The Asian tiger species is invasive to our region. Unlike most mosquitoes who feed during the evening hours when it is cooler, the Asian tiger is a day biter and extremely aggressive. Its peak feeding times are during the early morning and late afternoon and are even found in areas not normally known for mosquito infestation. Their name is derived from their point of origin, Asia, and their aggressive nature is attributed in their name as well (Tiger). The Asian tiger species is capable of rapid breeding and maintains a small area of infestation. Chances are, if you have a suitable breeding area in your yard, the Asian tiger mosquito will lay eggs and torment any person or animal within its area (range of 200 meters).
The habitat of the Asian tiger is vast. According to the United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), “The Asian tiger mosquito lays its eggs on the inner sides of water-holding receptacles in urban, suburban, and rural areas as well as in nearby edges of forested areas”. This means the Asian tiger species is able to breed and thrive in almost any environment. The Asian tiger’s ability to breed almost anywhere is amazing, matched only by its rapid development rate. It can take as little as 7 to 9 days for an Asian tiger egg to develop into an adult mosquito. Ultimately, this means by having standing water in your yard for 7 to 9 days, you can have thousands of blood-thirsty mosquitoes flocking your property. While the habitat of the Asian tiger species can be found almost anywhere, according to the (CDC), the Asian tiger mosquito is found mostly in artificial containers with water such as tires, flower pots, plates under potted plants, cemetery urns, buckets, tin cans, clogged rain gutters, ornamental ponds, drums, water bowls for pets, and birdbaths. Almost anything in your yard can become a new breeding ground and in turn a new habitat for the Asian tiger.
While simple annoyance may not move people to action, the potential for vector borne illnesses brought on by the Asian tiger mosquito may. According to the (CDC), the Asian tiger species is most well-known for transmitting dengue fever and chikungunya viruses, both of which are not prominent in North Carolina. However, now studies show the Asian tiger species also carries the West Nile Virus, Eastern equine encephalitis and is capable of transmitting heartworm parasites to dogs. These are all documented right here in North Carolina, and EEC (Eastern equine encephalitis) is highly prevalent in the Fayetteville area; thus making Fayetteville mosquito control as important as ever. As of this past week in Burlington, NC, State Veterinarian David Marshall is urging horse owners to have their animals vaccinated now against mosquito-borne diseases. According to a report from the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, West Nile Virus and Eastern equine encephalitis are endemic across the entirety of North Carolina.
Measures must be taken to keep you, your family and your pets safe. Always follow the 5 “T’s”:
1. TIP: Reduce standing water to eliminate mosquito threats, including those in children’s sandboxes, wagons or plastic toys; underneath and around downspouts, in plant saucers and dog bowls.
2. TOSS: Remove excess grass, leaves, firewood and clippings from yards.
3. TURN: Turn over large yard items that could hold water like children’s portable sandboxes or plastic toys.
4. TARPS: Remove tarps, if tarps stretched over firewood piles, boats or sports equipment are not taut, they’re holding water for mosquitoes to breed within.
5. TREAT: Utilize a mosquito elimination barrier treatment around the home and yard. Using a barrier treatment at home reduces the need for using DEET-containing bug spray on the body.
Mosquito Squad of Fayetteville is your best bet at defeating the Asian tiger species and reducing your exposure to mosquito-borne illnesses like West Nile Virus. We will locate the danger spots in your yard for their breeding and apply a microencapsulated barrier spray that eliminates mosquitoes for at least 21 days. We have a 90% effectiveness rate and accompany that with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. During the summer months, you should be able to enjoy your own yard without the worry of vector borne illnesses infecting you, your family members or your pets. While seeking Fayetteville mosquito control, call Mosquito Squad of Fayetteville today, and let us help you take your yard back! Contact Mosquito Squad of Fayetteville to learn more about preventing mosquitoes and the diseases they carry from taking up residence in your backyard. Call us today to learn more• (910) 779 – 2656 • email: [email protected]