Officials Concerned About Asian Tiger Mosquitoes Found In Bristol County

BOSTON (CBS) – Summer is just beginning, but mosquitoes are already out, and the discovery of a particularly aggressive species has experts a little concerned.

In Bristol County, mosquito experts have found something a little worrisome: the Asian Tiger mosquito, a species not generally found in Massachusetts.

“The Asian Tiger mosquito is an invasive species, and certainly our south coast of New England is probably the most northern range it can get into,” said Wayne Andrews, the superintendent of Bristol County’s mosquito control project.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Karen Twomey reports.

Andrews said he’s most concerned about the fact that this particular mosquito, which is occasionally detected around Labor Day, is showing up so early. His fear is that this will give the insect more time to breed and spread disease.

“And what’s gonna happen, since it’s so early, it has time to build up, because I’m sure I didn’t catch the only mosquito,” said Andrews.

These are aggressvie mosquitoes that bite people during the day and can carry disease. Andrews advises residents to keep an eye on standing water on their property.

“These are a city mosquito, and they’re urban-based, and they’d like containers of water, the cleaner the better, and they love tires. But, (watch out for) anything that holds water: a kiddy pool, a bird bath,” said Andrews.

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  • DrStrangelove

    Urban Mosquitoes? Do they have tattoos? Do they wear their gang colors? Do they rob from other mosquitoes? Do they talk in slang language? Do they have street smarts? Do they steal other mosquito vehicles then run mosquito insurance scams? Are they infecting the suburban zones through 40B mosquito housing? They must be some baaaaaaad urban bugs, man.

    • The Batman

      Along those same lines, I would be interested to know if these bugs have their green cards or if they are illegal immigrants as well.

      • Matt Souza

        nice humor I aggree

  • Italo

    First, whenever an expert declares that something must certainly be so, you know from the get-go that it will probably turn out that this mosquito can end up traveling farther north than New England southern coast at its habitat range extreme. Second, with the way our late spring/early summer outlook are going–nobody get too worried–the damned things will freeze to death and die before they can advance further or bite anybody, probably!

    • The Batman

      Good call. LOL

  • Matt

    Does anything good ever come out of Asia? SARS, bird flu, Asian longhorn beetle, zebra muscles, Asian carp, snakehead fish. Just to name a few.

  • emom

    no but we get plenty lead filled products… Just saying…..

  • Matt Souza

    I live on the shawsheen river in billerica Large marsh land . I have a pool . I have been keeping tract of different bug species . size, amounts excetera. this year The is a much larger population of mosquitoes. I have seen some of the largest mosquitoes i had seen . i killed one that was about 1 inch to 1.5 inches. which is a monster for the area. but the increase mosquitoes had also help the dragon population that was well below normal last year.
    the bats are also back. So many of the mosquitoes predators are benefiting . Last year there was smaller and fewer mosquitoes. but over all in the past 3 years i have notice an increase of their population. use bug spray but do not use to much of it. becasue to much actually attracts them
    be safe everybody . hightly suggest u do not go out durring the 9 to 10 pm time frame. and even then do not be near standing water .

  • Matt Souza

    read up on this mosquito species. The reason it is doing all the way up here is the amount ofwater yes like all mosquitoes. but these mosquitoes like small amount of bursts of heat. so once we get into 85+ heat and sunshine. they might leave southern new england.

  • emom

    Think I will get a bat house, then maybe create an area for frogs since they love the larvea or eggs. Have those nightign gails Those night birds,, just started to see them around here again. Maybe they will have a fest of them

  • noquarter

    I live in Northern Bristol county, MA. Although I haven’t detected any of the Tiger mosquitoes yet (er, do they like golfcourses more than regular skeets’?) but I’m not out a lot in my yard after 8pm or so. Just like the scourge of blackflies we have in my area every Spring from mid-April until middle of May or so, spraying has been curtailed due to EPA mandates and lack of budget in recent years. These bloddsuckers have had a pass due to the discouragement to use aggressive treatments via chemicals or other means by environmentalists. I am tired of trying to battle the scourge and do all I can to avoid being out when they are around….blackflies are vicious creatures and cutting the lawn is brutal when they are around. Their done now but mosquitoes are bad and may get worse due to the persistent rainfall this Spring. Then there’s the moth invasions when it’s too dry, you can’t win this battle. I do try to limit use of chemicals, even minimal use of bug sprays directly on the skin, but you gotta do something or you get covered in red welts….

  • zach

    Use Mosquito Dunks a safe and effective larvicide aimed at “container breeding” mosquitoes. All experts would agree, take control of your own mosquito problem.

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