Asian Tiger Mosquitoes to Swarm NJ: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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If you live in New Jersey or the surrounding area, brace yourself because this is going to be a bad summer with mosquitoes. In fact, experts say an “extremely aggressive” and an “obnoxious” breed called the Asian Tiger Mosquito is going to swarm the area. Here’s what you need to know about the annoying pests and how you can prevent getting bitten.

1. It’s Named for the its Stripes

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The pesky insect is named the Asian Tiger Mosquito because of its black and white stripes on it legs and body.

2. It Was First Brought to Texas in a Shipment of Tires

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Asian Tiger Mosquito distribution as of 2000 (Centers for Disease Control)

The mosquitoes have been in the United States since the 1980s and in New Jersey for the past decade, but they are about to really swarm household residences this summer, reports CBS News. They were first brought to the U.S. in a shipment of tires and have since spread to 26 states. The pests can also be found in South and Central America, southern Europe and several Pacific islands. The mosquitoes have also been multiplying more rapidly in part to a warming climate.

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3. The Asian Tiger Mosquito is More Aggressive

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Unlike the usual mosquito found in the U.S., the Asian Tiger Mosquito doesn’t just come out at night. They will attack you for your blood at any time of the day and are much more aggressive at it.

“Part of the reason it is called ‘tiger’ is also because it is very aggressive,” Dina Fonseca, associate professor of entomology at Rutgers University, told the
Wall Street Journal. “You can try and swat it all you want, but once it’s on you, it doesn’t let go.”

4. It Transmits Diseases Easily

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The mosquito is also known for being particularly good at spreading diseases. The Asian Tiger transmits more than 20 diseases, including West Nile fever, dengue fever, yellow fever and two types of encephalitis. It also can transmit chikungunya virus, an infliction that is rarely fatal, but causes debilitating symptoms, including severe joint pain, fever, achiness, headache, nausea, vomiting, rash and fatigue. People usually recover in a few weeks, but the virus is not very pleasant.

5. Remove Still Water to Get Rid of Them

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Experts advise wearing insect repellant and covering up with long-sleeved shirts and pants, but also to remove all sources of still water. Mosquitoes don’t breed in running water, but where it is stagnant.

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  1. I first saw Asian Tiger Mosquitos around Purdy Missouri about 2005. I didn’t know what kind they were so I looked it up online. Now I keep reading articles that say they are “small”…or “medium” size. I don’t know why that is claimed, but it’s very misleading! These black & white striped mosquitos are very large! And way back when I looked it up online to ID them, the article said they came from Asia to the California Coast in old tires that had water in them, & the tires were sent to California to be recapped. It’s true that they don’t just come out at night, they are out all the time. Mosquitos in Kansas weren’t as large, though fairly large, only came out evenings & nights, & always buzzed loudly so you had warning they were around. The Asian Tigers were huge, slow flying, & absolutely silent, & are out flying around all day. The day I first saw them it was around noon, & that was in SW Missouri.

  2. I just smacked 4 that were on me at the same time! I live in Missouri about 20 miles from St.Louis and this is the 1st time I’ve seen these. Nasty lil guys!

    • Yeah, they are all over St. Louis. They seem to hide in tall grass and brush as well. Got bit 7 times day before yesterday.

  3. We have them here in Indianapolis by my work. A shade area with trees and weeds. Very aggressive but only bite in the shade areally. Don’t seem to like the sun. I hate them very much!

  4. First time seeing these bugs this summer up here in rhode island, and THEY ARE SO ANNOYING. Unlike regular mosquitoes, the bitten area will swell up at least 3 times originally in a few minutes. I’ve had about 10 of these so far and they usually leave a faint scar of the shape. (about 2 inches in diameter.) If not, the itchiness will go away in a few days, but sometimes they come back like three weeks later. This is what I’ve experienced from these mosquitoes. Can’t wait until winter, then their population may go down for next summer.

  5. They drive me crazy while working in my woodworking shop. They are like kamikaze pilots Japan employed during WWII. You can actually see blood spurt when you do kill one on you. Bite is painful and itches like crazy later. It mystifies me as to where they come from around my neighborhood as there is no standing water anywhere in my area. Guess it is time to put on big boy pants and beat the crap out of them.