The Asian Tiger mosquito is the most common daytime biting mosquito in Prince William County. This mosquito spreads dog heart-worm, encephalitis, and may be a carrier of West Nile virus. Unlike many native mosquitoes, the Asian tiger mosquito does not breed in swamps or other wet natural habitats. This mosquito breeds in artificial containers such as rain gutters, bird baths, flower pots, tires, barrels, boats, tarps, cans, and garden pools. They feed mainly during daylight hours, making them a major urban pest for people working or playing outside. Only female mosquitoes feed on blood, which they use in producing eggs. Females can survive for a month or more.
- You can best control this pest by eliminating breeding sites. Water filled cans, tires, pots, and blocked rain gutters should be drained. If empty containers must be stored they should either be drilled to allow drainage, turned over or placed in a location that does not allow them to fill with water.
- You can reduce the chance of being bitten by Asian tiger mosquitoes by wearing insect repellents and long-sleeved shirts and long pants when outdoors.