Asian tiger mosquitoes causing concern

March 27, 2012 2:19:50 PM PDT
It's that time of year again: temperatures are rising, flowers are blooming, and health workers are busy examining mosquito larvae.

The now-microscopic organisms will soon be biting insects.

There's concern over a more aggressive species that's new to our area called the Asian tiger mosquito.

Tiger mosquitoes are named for their distinctive stripes and have been making their way north after first arriving in Texas in the 1980s.

Like other mosquitoes they transmit diseases such as West Nile and Equine Encephalitis.

Tiger mosquitoes were first spotted in Rockland County last summer.

There's a big difference between Tiger mosquitoes and other varieties.

Common mosquitoes bite at dawn and dusk, tiger mosquitoes like to bite all day long.

The species breeds in anything that holds water: pool covers, tires, flower pots.

Experts say it's crucial that homeowners remove standing water on their property to limit the population.

Right now tiger mosquitoes make up less than 10% of the local mosquito population, but there are signs they've adapted to survive our winters.

That means they're likely here to stay.

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