Travelling from the Far East, the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes Aegypti) was first discovered in the United States in 1985 in Texas. Since that time, this feisty breed of mosquito has swarmed across the entire Eastern Seaboard. Asian tiger mosquitoes are now firmly entrenched in the Fall River region, including all of Bristol County. You will recognize these bold bugs by their dramatic black and white “stripes,” which helped it earn the name “tiger.” It may sometimes also be referred to as the forest mosquito (Aedes Albopictus), since it prefers woods and marshy spaces as its habitat.
Mosquitoes of all varieties are known to be carriers of multiple diseases and illnesses, and the Asian tiger mosquito is no exception. They are known carriers (vectors) of the following diseases: West Nile Virus (WNV), encephalitis, including the version known as Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), malaria, Chikungunya, yellow fever, and dengue fever. Bug bites are certainly reason enough to avoid them. For all of us; however, the area-wide, yearly confirmed cases of infected mosquitoes carrying WNV and EEE raise the highest levels of concern.
Like all varieties of mosquito, it is only the female that is the blood sucker. Females also have a much longer lifespan than their male counterparts. Male mosquitoes live, on average, for only seven days. A female mosquito can live for several months, and all are also known to hibernate over the winter season. When they emerge, they are voracious feeders and massive reproducers. A single mosquito can lay up to 3,000 eggs in her lifetime! Asian tiger mosquitoes are particularly aggressive. Another standout feature of Asian tigers is that they are daytime feeders. This means that there is rarely a time you can find relief from their bite without added protection. Wear long-sleeved clothing when outdoors and use topical bug repellent. For personal property, the best protection comes in the form of a barrier spray treatment for your entire landscape.
The best seasonal protection for Bristol County MA mosquito control for Asian tiger mosquitoes is the use of an effective barrier spray. Important to note is that a barrier spray includes more than just treating the perimeter of a house. At Mosquito Squad of Fall River, our mosquito control service is backed with a 100% satisfaction guarantee. West Nile Virus, Lyme Disease and heartworms are all carried by ticks and mosquitoes! Mosquito Squad of Fall River gives added protection to your family, friends, and pets with our proven effective barrier sprays. Reduce these pests by up to 85% – 90% in your Southeastern Mass yard. No bugs. No bites. No kidding!