The Asian tiger mosquito (ATM, Figure 2) is a peridomestic species, meaning it is adapted to live in and around human dwellings. Everyone can play a major role in reducing numbers of this fierce day-biter simply by recognizing potential breeding sites and taking steps to remove or alter them so they cannot support mosquito development.
ATM breeds in natural and artificial containers. A recent study in New Jersey identified tires, trash cans, and planter dishes (Figure 2) as the most important artificial breeding sites for the species. However, anything that can hold water for 10 to 14 days could produce a batch. Discarded containers pose a significant problem because the desiccation-resistant eggs of container breeding mosquitoes can wait for rain to provide the needed water for development. See Mosquitoes’ Main Aquatic Habitats for an expanded list of potential breeding sites.
By Lee Townsend, Extension Entomologist