Since the mid-1980s, the Asian tiger mosquito has been present in the United States. The species was introduced via cargo from Southeast Asia and has since expanded to most of the United States. Tiger mosquitoes are notoriously aggressive biters that feed mostly during the day.
The species is also well-known for its public health risk to both humans, animals and birds. They have the capability to spread diseases such as encephalitis (St. Louis and eastern equine), dengue, yellow fever, west nile and dog heartworm.
- Usually under 0.25 inches in length
- Conspicuous white bands on legs and body
- Active during daylight
- Flight range of about 300 feet