The Tiger Mosquito is native to tropical and subtropical parts of Southeast Asia. In recent decades, however, it has spread to many parts of the world through international trade. In fact, it is one of the 100 worst invasive species on earth.The Tiger Mosquito is one of the worst invasive species in the whole world.Click To Tweet
Usually, it rapidly outcompetes, and eventually eradicates endemic species. It has become a significant pest in many of the regions it has invaded, since it flies and feeds throughout the entire day, as opposed to only at dusk and dawn, like most other mosquitoes.
Though they are native to warmer climates, they are so adaptive that they are capable of surviving even in snow and sub-freezing temperatures. What a nuisance.
Tiger Mosquito Markings
They may be easily recognized by their distinctive black and white markings which give them the generic name Tiger Mosquito. In size, they reach a maximum length of about 0.4 in (10 mm). The males are approximately 20% smaller than the females.
As with other species, it is the female who bites and feeds on blood, while the male typically feeds upon nectar. These species possess a unique “rapid bite” process, which makes it difficult to detect and remove them prior to the drawing of blood. This makes them all the more appealing.
Due to their unique adaptability, as well as their habit of breeding in locations with a high human population, they often prove to be exceedingly difficult to eradicate from infested areas.
Their predators are much the same as any other mosquito types, mostly birds, and spiders. However, they breed in such vast numbers that these natural predators rarely make a notable impact on their numbers in an infested area.