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|Adults are known as tiger mosquitoes due to their conspicuous patterns of very black bodies with white stripes.
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Reference: Ohio State University Extension
In August 1985, the Asian tiger mosquito was discovered breeding in discarded used tires in Houston, Texas and, within the next two year's, populations had spread into 17 states. Current distribution is 25 states from Texas eastward to the Atlantic Ocean and as far north as Iowa. The known distribution of the Asian tiger mosquito in Ohio includes 8 locations - Ironton (Lawrence Co.) in 1997, Cincinnati (Hamilton Co.) and Portsmouth (Scioto Co.) in 1996, Coventry Township (Summit County) in 1993, Columbus (Franklin Co.) in 1992, Findlay (Hancock Co.), Greenville (Darke Co.), and Oak Hill (Jackson Co.) in 1987.
This mosquito, imported into the United States, is a very aggressive biter, known as a vector of Dengue (breakbone fever) in southeast Asia and a potential vector of yellow fever, dengue, LaCrosse encephalitis and dog heartworm in this country (Ohio has more recorded cases of LaCrosse encephalitis than any other state). This mosquito breeds in standing water found in discarded used tires and other containers.
Life Cycle and Habits
The tiger mosquito could have been in the U.S. earlier than detected. LaCrosse encephalitis, which attacks primarily children under 15, is a viral disease that attacks the central nervous system. Ohio averages about 25 cases each year of the rarely fatal disease. Dengue virus causes severe headaches, light sensitivity, aching muscles throughout the body (known as Breakbone Fever since muscles and bones hurt so much it feels as if the bones might break) and sometimes death. A hemorrhagic fever syndrome (more deadly) occurs when a second infection occurs with a different strain of Dengue.
In Ohio, one needs to eliminate as many places as possible where mosquitoes breed. They need water for their offspring to develop. Even a small pool of water makes an excellent egg-hatching area. Look for and get rid of old tires, cans, bottles, and other water-holding containers. Unplug eave troughs, empty seldom-used children's pools and watering cans. Change water in bird baths. Tree holes and stumps which collect water should be drained and filled with mortar or sand and covered with Treekote or some other material to prevent mosquito breeding. Dispose of water-holding trash.
Waste Tire Problem in Ohio
Control measures included using a combination of adulticides applied by Ultra-Low Volume spray. Malathion and resmethrin (Scourge) were used to control adults. Chlorpyrifos (Dursban) and Bacillus thuringiensis Berliner var. israelensis were used to control larvae in tires.
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