The Asian tiger mosquito have been shown to be very difficult to suppress or manage because of their unique ability to adapt to different environments, their close relationships with people, and their reproductive biology.
The destruction of the Asian tiger mosquitoes begins with destroying the places where they lay their eggs, which are never far from the place where people get bitten because of their short flight duration, only flying about a radius of 200 yards from where they were born. Find pools holding more than three days, sag or clogged gutters, old tires retain water, litter, bird baths, give way to the drainage of standing water and all other containers possible to get rid of stagnant water. Flower pots, vases standing and other crevices that can collect water should be filled with sand or fine gravel to prevent mosquitoes from laying their eggs. Litter can also keep rainwater and must removed. Any standing water in ponds, watersheds, etc., that can not be drained or dumped, are periodically treated with insecticides that are properly labeled.
Running water will not be fertile ground and water with minnows are usually not a problem because fish eat mosquito larvae. Dragonflies are also a great way to establish control. Dragonfly larvae eat mosquito larvae in water, and adults would snatch adult mosquitoes as they fly.
To date, there are some effective traps for adult Asian tiger mosquitoes. Most traps specific to other species of mosquitoes do not catch the tiger mosquito effectively. A new type of trap is shown to take a number on the asian tiger. This device, with the help of a ventilator, produces a smell of fatty acids and lactic acids, which gives off a similar smell to the human body.
If you are having trouble with Asian Tiger Mosquitoes, we recommend the Mega-Catch Mosquito Trap
Mega-Catch mosquito traps were developed after an extensive worldwide testing program. One of our primary objectives was to develop a trap which would attract and capture the Asian Tiger mosquito which is a voracious daytime biter.
There are over 3500 different species of mosquitoes but it is the Asian Tiger which is regarded as the most invasive mosquito species in the world. It is medically significant because of its aggressive daytime human-biting behavior and ability to transmit debilitating, even deadly diseases with a single bite. In laboratory settings it has been found to be a successful vector of over 30 arboviruses including Dengue fever, Encephalitis, Chikungunya and West Nile virus – a serious, life-altering and even fatal disease.
We engaged Professor Yap Han Heng from the Vector Control Research Unit, School of Biological Sciences, University Sains Malaysia to advise on and test Mega-Catch trap designs in South East Asia. Tests that he carried out in a reserve forest at Minden Campus, University Sains Malaysia in the Penang Island in June 2000 caused him to conclude that Mega-Catch was effective against the Asian Tiger mosquito in outdoor conditions in tropical environments.
Unlike conventional mosquito traps which rely on various chemicals to attract mosquitoes, Mega-Catch traps employ a range of visual stimuli to attract mosquitoes. This is particularly important in the case of daytime biters like the Asian Tiger mosquito which rely more on visual cues, and less on chemical cues, to find their hosts.
However, the new patent pending Mega-Catch 3000 combo lure has been designed to enhance trap performance and to provide even better capture rates of targeted mosquito species like the Asian Tiger. The combination lure incorporates synthetic Octenol, lactic acid and other ingredients specifically formulated then blended to attract the Asian Tiger mosquito and other nuisance mosquitoes, sand flies, black flies and biting midges (no-see-ums).
Research conducted using traps baited with a combination of Octenol and lactic acid, has reported the capture of various mosquito species including the Asian Tiger, was TWO to THREE times greater than traps baited with Octenol alone.