ArtsAutosBooksBusinessEducationEntertainmentFamilyFashionFoodGamesGenderHealthHolidaysHomeHubPagesPersonal FinancePetsPoliticsReligionSportsTechnologyTravel

Combating, Controlling, and Repelling the Asian Tiger Mosquito

Updated on January 16, 2018
Devin Gustus profile image

I live in Florida, where the Asian Tiger Mosquito is spreading rapidly. Mosquitos of all kinds are a big problem here.

The Asian Tiger Mosquito
The Asian Tiger Mosquito | Source

The Asian Tiger Mosquito

The Asian Tiger Mosquito's normal habitat is Southeastern Asia, but has begun spreading to new areas. It is now found on every continent except for Antarctica and Australia. Asian Tiger Mosquitoes are active during the day, as well as morning and evening when humans normally encounter mosquitoes. Asian Tiger Mosquitoes can be easily recognized by the black with white banded appearance they have.

The Global Invasive Species Database considers the Asian Tiger Mosquito to be the fourth worst invasive species ever.

Source: Invasive Species Specialist Group

Have you ever seen an Asian Tiger Mosquito in person?

See results
Gallinipper Mosquito
Gallinipper Mosquito | Source

This monster is known as the Gallinipper mosquito, due to their large size. Their "wingspan" is about 7 mm, compared to a "normal sized" mosquito's The scientific name is psorophora ciliata, and it is one of the largest mosquitoes in existence. Florida is set to be inundated by these huge mosquitoes. They are aggressive to humans and active throughout the day. Their bite is said to feel like a knife being inserted into your skin.

As scary (and painful!) as these guys are, the Asian Tiger Mosquito is believed to be worse, due to the fact that the Gallinipper isn't known to carry disease, while the AsianTiger Mosquito is known to carry Yellow Fever, dengue fever, West Nile, Japanese encephalitis and Chikungunya fever, as well as the parasite roundworms that cause Filariasis.

Mosquito biting human flesh
Mosquito biting human flesh

#7 Control mosquitoes in your own backyard; Clean up your neighborhood

Mosquitoes love fallen trees, discarded appliances, plastic bottles, aluminum cans, and other refuse that can hold a small amount of rainwater. They lay their eggs in standing water, which hatch in about 48 hours. 7 to 10 days later they become pupae. These remain active, unlike butterfly pupae. One to three days later, an adult mosquito emerges, out for your blood. An Asian tiger mosquito can lay eggs in as little as a thimbleful of water.


I live in a lower income suburban area, and unfortunately we have people dump unwanted furniture and other home furnishings on the side of the road nearby. If you clean this up, mosquitoes will have fewer areas to deposit eggs.

Fresh Herbs and Strong smelling plants repel all mosquitoes, including the Asian Tiger Mosquito.
Fresh Herbs and Strong smelling plants repel all mosquitoes, including the Asian Tiger Mosquito. | Source

#6 Strong smelling plants repel mosquitoes

Mosquitoes hunt by scent. By planting something that emits a strong scent, you can make it more difficult for the mosquito to find you. A potted herb garden may help, especially oregano, rosemary, peppermint and other herbs.

Garlic has also long been used to repel mosquitoes.

You can dual purpose your fresh herbs to season your foods.

Strong smelling trees like the ceder might also help.

Still, these are considered to be less effective than some sprays like...


Source: StraightDope: Does Garlic Repel Mosquitoes

#5 Use DEET or picaridin to repel Asian Tiger mosquitoes

DEET is the gold standard in the United States, but Picaridin (also known as icaridin) is popular in the rest of the world.

I haven't tried Picaridin myself, but I plan to in the future. According to some studies, Picaridin is as effective as, and in some cases superior to DEET. Picaridin also doesn't have some of the skin irritation properties as DEET.

The CDC recommends oil of lemon-eucalyptus for those wanting a more natural repellent.

Source: Wikipedia: Icaridin

#4 Citronella

Citronella has been shown to repel flying insects of all kinds. Citronella is made from the essential oil of lemongrass, giving some credence that plants can be effective to repel some insects. In the United States, Citronella candles and incense can be used to help repel flying insects, including Asian Tiger mosquitoes. Citronella also has a fairly nice smell and can be used to light your backyard during an outdoor party with citronella oil torches.

Mosquitofish eat Asian Tiger Mosquito larvae

Source

#3 Stock your pond

If you have a man-made pond in your backyard, you can stock it with mosquitofish. It is very important that you do NOT introduce mosquitofish to a natural pond that already has fish in it. The mosquito fish is so named because they eat a lot of mosquito larvae in relation to their size. Sometimes they are referred to as Gambusia or Gambezi. There is a second species called that Eastern mosquitofish, which may be a better choice in Eastern and Southern states.

The fish already present in a natural pond are believed to be more effective at mosquito control than if you introduced the mosquitofish to an already healthy pond.

Source: Wikipedia: Mosquito Fish

Control Asian Tiger mosquitoes by reducing their breeding grounds.

Source

#2 Get rid of standing water

Mosquitoes require water to reproduce, and standing water is prime breeding ground. Empty planting pots are about perfect, since mosquitoes can reproduce in about a thimblefull of water.

A lot of people don't realize that your own gutters can become a breeding ground. Clogged downspouts are the worst, but even gutters that do not completely empty can become targets. I had a clogged downspout for quite a while on the side of my house, which took me by surprise, since I do not have any overhanging trees in that area. Check all your gutters!

Source: HGTV

#1 Get Batty!

Most bats eat only insects, and A LOT of insects, and especially mosquitoes. A bat box is a good way to attract bats, and a well placed bat box will usually get inhabited within a year. If you are crafty, building a bat box shouldn't be too difficult. Here is a good wikiHow on building a bat box: Wikihow: Build a Bat House

Make sure to place your bat box so that bat droppings won't come in close contact to humans, since bat droppings can have bacteria. Bat droppings can also be very acidic, and will eat away at vehicle paint, among other things.

Never approach bats, as they may carry rabies, even if they do not appear sick. Bats are wild animals.

Source: Doctors Foster and Smith

Bonus Tip

Mosquitoes are actually pretty poor flyers, particularly the Asian Tiger mosquito. A few well placed outdoor fans will blow incoming mosquitoes away and keep you cooler during the summer months. An overhead fan will also help blow your problems away.

Comments

    0 of 8192 characters used
    Post Comment

    No comments yet.

    working

    This website uses cookies

    As a user in the EEA, your approval is needed on a few things. To provide a better website experience, hubpages.com uses cookies (and other similar technologies) and may collect, process, and share personal data. Please choose which areas of our service you consent to our doing so.

    For more information on managing or withdrawing consents and how we handle data, visit our Privacy Policy at: "https://hubpages.com/privacy-policy#gdpr"

    Show Details
    Necessary
    HubPages Device IDThis is used to identify particular browsers or devices when the access the service, and is used for security reasons.
    LoginThis is necessary to sign in to the HubPages Service.
    Google RecaptchaThis is used to prevent bots and spam. (Privacy Policy)
    AkismetThis is used to detect comment spam. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide data on traffic to our website, all personally identifyable data is anonymized. (Privacy Policy)
    HubPages Traffic PixelThis is used to collect data on traffic to articles and other pages on our site. Unless you are signed in to a HubPages account, all personally identifiable information is anonymized.
    Amazon Web ServicesThis is a cloud services platform that we used to host our service. (Privacy Policy)
    CloudflareThis is a cloud CDN service that we use to efficiently deliver files required for our service to operate such as javascript, cascading style sheets, images, and videos. (Privacy Policy)
    Google Hosted LibrariesJavascript software libraries such as jQuery are loaded at endpoints on the googleapis.com or gstatic.com domains, for performance and efficiency reasons. (Privacy Policy)
    Features
    Google Custom SearchThis is feature allows you to search the site. (Privacy Policy)
    Google MapsSome articles have Google Maps embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    Google ChartsThis is used to display charts and graphs on articles and the author center. (Privacy Policy)
    Google AdSense Host APIThis service allows you to sign up for or associate a Google AdSense account with HubPages, so that you can earn money from ads on your articles. No data is shared unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Google YouTubeSome articles have YouTube videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    VimeoSome articles have Vimeo videos embedded in them. (Privacy Policy)
    PaypalThis is used for a registered author who enrolls in the HubPages Earnings program and requests to be paid via PayPal. No data is shared with Paypal unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook LoginYou can use this to streamline signing up for, or signing in to your Hubpages account. No data is shared with Facebook unless you engage with this feature. (Privacy Policy)
    MavenThis supports the Maven widget and search functionality. (Privacy Policy)
    Marketing
    Google AdSenseThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Google DoubleClickGoogle provides ad serving technology and runs an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Index ExchangeThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    SovrnThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Facebook AdsThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Unified Ad MarketplaceThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    AppNexusThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    OpenxThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Rubicon ProjectThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    TripleLiftThis is an ad network. (Privacy Policy)
    Say MediaWe partner with Say Media to deliver ad campaigns on our sites. (Privacy Policy)
    Remarketing PixelsWe may use remarketing pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to advertise the HubPages Service to people that have visited our sites.
    Conversion Tracking PixelsWe may use conversion tracking pixels from advertising networks such as Google AdWords, Bing Ads, and Facebook in order to identify when an advertisement has successfully resulted in the desired action, such as signing up for the HubPages Service or publishing an article on the HubPages Service.
    Statistics
    Author Google AnalyticsThis is used to provide traffic data and reports to the authors of articles on the HubPages Service. (Privacy Policy)
    ComscoreComScore is a media measurement and analytics company providing marketing data and analytics to enterprises, media and advertising agencies, and publishers. Non-consent will result in ComScore only processing obfuscated personal data. (Privacy Policy)
    Amazon Tracking PixelSome articles display amazon products as part of the Amazon Affiliate program, this pixel provides traffic statistics for those products (Privacy Policy)