The Asian Tiger Mosquito is Delaware’s newest and toughest nuisance mosquito. Tiger mosquitoes get their name from their distinct stripe pattern and their aggressive behavior.
If you suspect you may have an Asian Tiger Mosquito problem, there are things you can do to get rid of the problem.
The Asian Tiger Mosquito does not fly far (only about 300 feet) from its breeding habitat. It is a very opportunistic feeder. If they are biting you, it’s likely that their breeding habitat is close by.
Find and clear up all of the possible breeding sites you can identify on your own property.
Look for even the smallest amounts of standing water. Asian Tiger Mosquitoes will breed in the little amount of water in the saucers under potted plants or in the water that remains in a corrugated drainpipe even days after a rain event. Asian Tiger Mosquitoes can breed in a number of places in your yard.
If you are still experiencing a nuisance tiger mosquito problem of three bites per minute after you have thoroughly inspected and sanitized your own property, call the appropriate Delaware Mosquito Control Section office for your area. In northern Delaware, call 302.836.2555. In southern Delaware, call 302-422-1512.
An Asian Tiger Mosquito infestation can affect more than one property, especially in urban and suburban areas. Our staff is trained to inspect for Asian Tiger Mosquito breeding habitats and may be able to find additional breeding sources on your property as well as surrounding properties.
Once the source is located and removed, the number of adult Asian Tiger Mosquitoes should lessen. At the present time, it is not the standard practice of the Delaware Mosquito Control Section to respond to Asian Tiger Mosquito problems with adult mosquito control. We find that source reduction and elimination are the best option for Asian Tiger Mosquito control.
Areawide Management of the Asian Tiger Mosquito (From Rutgers University)