Common Mosquitoes in El Paso, TX & Surrounding Areas
Culex Mosquitoes & Asian Tiger Mosquitoes
Identification: Asian Tiger Mosquitoes (Forest Mosquitoes)
Swarm: Year Round
Asian Tiger Mosquito Habitat
Asian Tiger mosquitoes are active year round, especially in warmer regions. They thrive in stagnant water found in tires, flowerpots, clogged drains and birdbaths. Asian Tiger mosquitoes are also known to overwinter in temperate climates.
Asian Tiger Mosquito Behaviors & Threats
Asian Tiger mosquitoes are day time-biting insects, which are oftentimes the mosquito you most likely encounter in the El Paso and surrounding areas. This species of mosquito can transmit harmful diseases like Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE), Zika virus, West Nile virus, Chikungunya and dengue fever. Female Asian Tiger mosquitoes typically bite during the daytime, leaving behind an itchy red bump/welt on the skin, while male mosquitoes do not bite and primarily feed on plant nectar. The female mosquitoes lay their eggs inside items that can hold at least a half inch of stagnant water such as tires, flowerpots, buckets and clogged drains.
Asian Tiger Mosquito Diet
Asian Tiger mosquitoes (Females) require a blood meal to produce eggs, while males feed on plant nectar.
Asian Tiger Mosquito Treatment & Prevention
If you feel like you might have a mosquito infestation in your home, call a professional like Delta Unlimited LLC to have the exterior of your home treated. The most effective way to prevent contact with Asian Tiger mosquitoes is to eliminate standing water indoor and around the house, such as pools, kiddie pools, old tires, flower pots and bird baths. Another great key point to consider is to keep gutters free flowing. When outdoors please consider wearing long sleeve shirt and long pants, and to use a mosquito repellent containing an EPA-registered ingredient like DEET (at or greater than 20%) , picaridin (at 20%) or oil of lemon eucalyptus (at 30%). it is recommended to contact a licensed pest control professional like Delta Pest Control & Lawn Service to asses the problem and recommend a treatment for this type of situation.