Spotlight – 5 Facts You May Not Know About the Asian Tiger Mosquito

Since their resurgence in South El Monte in 2011, the District has been raising awareness among residents to prevent Asian tiger mosquitoes from making Los Angeles County their new home. Do you know the facts about these invasive species? Here are some facts you may not know about this mosquito:

1. They are invasive — In 2001, they were discovered in shipments of lucky bamboo to California. They are native to Southeast Asia, but have made states such as Hawaii, Texas and Florida their permanent homes.

2. They bite during the day — Unlike the mosquitoes we know (but don’t love!), these pests are day-biters. This means they are actively feeding during your lunchtime BBQ or while you’re having a lazy day at the park.

3. They are very aggressive — Think you can swat these pests away with a wave of your hand? Not so! Many people may find them circling around their legs as they walk through long grass.

4. Their eggs can last for years — Mosquitoes native to Los Angeles County lay egg rafts that float on top of the water. However, Asian tiger mosquitoes lay their eggs along the water’s edge on surfaces like buckets. Even if you throw out the water, the eggs stuck inside remain viable for years!

5. There’s still hope! –Removing standing water and wearing insect repellent containing DEET are still effective. The District’s services are also here for you and your neighborhood. If you notice daytime biting and mosquito problems in your area, give us a call at 562-944-9656 or submit a service request HERE.