Photo courtesy of Susan Ellis (www.bugwood.org)
Photo courtesy of Susan Ellis (www.bugwood.org)

 

The Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, is characterized by its black and white striped legs, white racing stripe, and small black and white body. It is native to the tropical and subtropical areas of Southeast Asia; however, in the last couple decades this species has invaded many countries through the used tire trade. This mosquito was first found in Virginia in 1997.  Although this mosquito has not proven to be responsible for spreading West Nile virus in our region, it is capable of transmitting diseases such as dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya and other viruses.

The Asian tiger mosquito has become a significant pest in communities because it closely associates with humans and typically flies and feeds during the daytime. These mosquitoes lay their eggs in water-filled natural and artificial containers like cavities in trees or old tires; they will not lay their eggs in ditches or anything with a soil base.  It has been observed that their eggs can survive the winter months even with temperatures falling below freezing.

 Click here to watch a video of common Asian tiger mosquito breeding sites.