Asian Tiger Mosquitoes Invading the U.S. Are Even Scarier Than They Sound

Asian Tiger MosquitioReady your bug repellent; there are some new mosquitoes in town. They're the Asian Tiger Mosquitoes, and they're so freaky and dangerous, they make summer nights ... and days (more on that later) downright scary.

Living in Florida, I've already been nervous enough about gallinippers -- the huge mosquitoes whose bite feels like you're being stabbed. Good times ... but at least they're not known for carrying disease. These Asian Tiger Mosquitoes on the other hand are known for transmitting more than 20 diseases, including some deadly ones like West Nile virus, dengue fever, yellow fever, and two types of encephalitis, to name a few.

And that's just the beginning of their terrifying powers.

According to Wall Street Journal, these predators don't just come out at night either. They're out all day and night, and they'll go after your pets too. Dina Fonseca, associate professor of entomology at Rutgers University told the paper:

Part of the reason it is called 'tiger' is also because it is very aggressive. You can try and swat it all you want, but once it's on you, it doesn't let go.

Ack! This is the stuff of nightmares. They've already been found in 26 states in the U.S., mostly in the East and Midwest. However, they're spreading, so who knows where you're safe.

What to do ... besides cower inside all summer? The CDC offers these tips to reduce the chance of being bitten by mosquitoes:

  • Use mosquito repellents on exposed skin including: DEET, picaridin, IR3535 and oil of lemon eucalyptus.
  • Wear long-sleeved shirts and long pants if feasible. Wear permethrin-treated clothing to repel and kill mosquitoes.
  • Use screens on windows and doors to exclude mosquitoes and when available, A/C can make households less hospitable to mosquitoes.
  • Participation in community and homeowner based vector-control strategies: Ensure that water does not collect in containers around the home and community; and chemical or biological control of larvae and adult mosquitoes when necessary.

Good to know, but what a big summer bummer.

Are you scared of these mosquitoes?

 

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Craft... CraftyJenna

Disturbing, yes- but not new, it started in Texas in 1985

nonmember avatar k

These are all I ever see in my yard, and as we're on the canal there are TONS! I had no idea these in particular carried more diseases. Time to stock up on bug repellent for sure :/

LostS... LostSoul88

*shudder* Glad they aren't in Utah...yet...

nonmember avatar Lilac

These are not new. They been around since at least 1990. They are active during the day in the shade unlike the little grey mosquito that come out mostly at twilight. Also some people are very sensitive to the bites from the tiger mosquito. I get very big welts when they bite me so I can always tell which kind of mosquito it was.

Kristyna Hurst

These are definitely not new.....when I moved to Georgia 4 years ago they were already here. They are certainly aggressive and they do leave nasty red welts. But they are cool to look at....(I try to look at the positive side of things)

momof... momof2boy2girl

Gallynippers/Crane Flies/Mosquito Hawks/whatever you call them are not mosquitos and they do not bite people. That is a myth. They also do not hunt mosquitos, contrary to popular belief.

Debi Arredondo

At least their not in Colorado yet. I'm allergic to mosquito's my legs will swell if I get bit. My Husband got meningitis to summers ago from a mosquito bite. I hate bugs.

mamab... mamabear0791

10 years a.o, before my father-in-law passed, we noticed these smaller, very aggressive mosquitos (We're in Illinois). Dad thought they were more painful than the bite we get from the horse fly. 

nonmember avatar K

I have 20 bites on my legs right now from these stupid things.

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