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Know-How Needed to Rid Asian Tiger Mosquitos

What you may not know about the Asian Tiger Mosquito is they breed in the tiniest pools of water - even in a discarded ice cube tray. Burlco's Division of Mosquito Control says this species is a neighborhood problem and everyone should chip in and do their part to get rid of all potential breeding containers in their backyards.

Know-How Needed to Rid Asian Tiger Mosquitos

The Asian Tiger mosquito has distinctive white stripes.  (Photo courtesy of Maryland Mosquito Control.)
The Asian Tiger mosquito has distinctive white stripes. (Photo courtesy of Maryland Mosquito Control.)

With all the rain, you knew this would happen.

The mosquitos have begun to feast.        

But what you likely don't know is that they breed in the tiniest pools of water - even in a space as small as a discarded ice cube tray.   They only needs 1/4 inch depth of water to multiply.

The Burlington County Division of Mosquito Control is asking everyone to do his or her part in beating the Asian Tiger Mosquito, a species that has become prevalent in this area.  Homeowners need to eliminate any container outdoors that could be used by the pest to lay eggs.  That means saucers underneath planted pots, an old shoe in the backyard, a tire, a toy shovel, a soda can, or any container where water collects.  

The Asian Tiger species is more difficult to control than the native mosquito species, according to Mosquito Control.  A suburban and urban pest, the Asian Tiger Mosquito stays in a neighborhood after it hatches.  It's a weak flyer and doesn't travel for miles as the native species does. 

That's why it's important to learn about them and do your part in your neighborhood.   Mosquito Control says these mosquitos "prefer secluded areas of people’s back yards, protected by shrubbery, under decks and shielded by homes." The best way to rid them is to search these places and then remove all available breeding spots, the commission says.   

Maryland's Mosquito Control says the draining or removal of water-holding containers will "produce remarkable long-term reductions in mosquito annoyance."  The list is extensive but includes "clogged rain gutters, tires, buckets, cans, bottles, boats, flower pots, bird baths, outdoor statuary, ornamental pools, plastic or canvas tarpaulins, children's toys, rain barrels, and pet food and water dishes," according to its website. 

For more information in Burlington County, contact Mosquito Control at 609-265-5064 or mosquito@co.burlington.nj.us

Jan Hefler
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Written by Inquirer staff writer Jan Hefler, the Burlco Buzz blog covers breaking news in the the county, as well as its quirky characters, crime cases, politics, outdoor recreation and environment. Contact Jan at jhefler@phillynews.com.

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