You’ve seen them, right? Those mosquitos with the black and white stripes on its body and legs? Yep! Introducing Aedes Albopictus, or the Asian Tiger Mosquito. Originally from Asia, they first came to this country in the 1980s as eggs which stowed away in used tires and other cargo. Fortunately, they can be caught in the same traps that give off similar vapors to attract and kill other kinds of mosquitoes.
There are measures you can take to avoid bites!
- Eliminate any standing water on your property.
- Change your pet’s water dish, the overflow dishes for potted plants, and, if you have one, your bird bath water…frequently.
- Do not allow water to accumulate in tires, flower pots, buckets, rain barrels, gutters etc.
- Use personal protection (long sleeves/pants) to avoid mosquito bites.
- Insect repellent such as DEET (at least 20%) will also reduce exposure to bites.
The Asian Tiger Mosquito is a day biter with feeding peaks early morning and late afternoon, so limiting outdoor activities during crepuscular periods (dawn and dusk) when mosquitoes are generally most active will also reduce those itchy bites. What fun is that, though? Dusk is the best time to be outside. Following the guidelines above plus contacting a professional pest control company like Guardian to spray your yard, will allow you to reclaim your backyard during any time of the day!
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