Many people are used to the common mosquito (Culex pipiens) that can be seen throughout the world, but now there is a new critter in town so if you have never seen them, check out the
Asian Tiger Mosquito Pictures
to see what they look like.
Although there are over three thousand different types of mosquitoes, there is a distinct difference between the more common mosquito and the Asian Tiger Mosquito. The common mosquito also from the Culicidae family with the female being blood feeding, is all one color and they like to come out during the evening for a bite to eat.
The females are more of a threat since they are vectors looking to feed from humans and other warm blooded animals, leaving the possibility of spreading diseases.
Now with the Asian Tiger Mosquito, they have distinctive markings and could care less what time of day it happens to be. If you have never seen one in person, well let me tell you, it is easy to tell them apart from the more common mosquito. Even they look more like a zebra, their tiger like stripes will have you curious as to what type of creature this is.
If you are into insets, you will find this to be a truly interesting looking mosquito. Besides looking different, they move differently as well. Here I was standing outside and there she was checking me out. Buzzing back and forth in front of me, it was like watching an Olympian ping-pong match. She was sizing me up where she was going to attack. When I saw her coming in for the kill, I swatted at her not to kill, just to get her away from me. Then, before I realized it, the little, well female mosquito stung me on my wrist!
Normally I can handle a sting, but that one hurt! Then I was shocked because it was 10am and I was really surprised to see it buzzing around. Since I do not live in the tropics I was even more shocked to see it in my front yard.
To make things worse, one entered my home. I have a tan couch and saw her land. Startled, I got up to get my camera, I wanted to record how fast this thing moves, but it was gone when I got back. She has since become an unwelcome member of my household.
They love humidity and standing water. So it is highly recommended to remove anything that will accumulate water or create a puddle, even a small one. The United States has undergone tremendous continuous rain and they are thriving in this climate.
This mosquito has the ability to adapt to cooler and cold climates so you may not get a break when the weather changes. You may be wondering where they are in comparison to where you live or are going. Here is a map that indicates in blue and green where they have taken up residence. They are also steadily heading west in the United States and have recently been spotted in California, so this map will change very soon. So if you see where you live is highlighted on the map don’t be surprised if one comes to visit because the Asian Tiger Mosquito is moving into your neighborhood.