A year later, the Asian tiger mosquito was found in Florida at a tire dump site near Jacksonville O'Meara Since that time, this species has spread rapidly throughout the eastern states, including all of Florida's 67 counties O'Meara Figure 1. Adult Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus Skuse. Photograph by J. Castner, University of Florida.
Search for:. The Situation: The Asian tiger mosquito entered the United States in shipments of used tires from northern Asia in the mids. It can survive in a broad range of climates and has spread rapidly from the point of first detection in the south-central United States. Prior to its successful invasion of the southeastern U. In , the Asian tiger mosquito was found in two northern and four southern counties of California. This mosquito did not spread to California from the ongoing invasion in eastern and central U.
The Asian tiger mosquito is an aggressive daytime biter that, when concentrated in large numbers in a backyard setting, can drive its victims indoors. The Asian tiger mosquito has very distinctive markings and is easily identifiable by even a casual observer. It will bite as often during broad daylight as near dawn or dusk.
An international team of researchers did just that, nearly eradicating Asian tiger mosquitoes on two islands in Guangzhou, China, Nature reports. Researchers exposed lab-raised mosquitoes to a low level of radiation that sterilized females; they then injected males with a bacterium Wolbachia pipientis known to weaken embryos after reproduction. Those findings suggest the new method could help eradicate the invasive mosquito, which carries both dengue and Zika virus. All rights Reserved.