Published: Jul 25, 2011 9:31 PM EDT
Updated: Jul 25, 2011 6:13 PM EDT

FORT MYERS, Fla.- They're nicknamed the "urban mosquito" and have a vicious appetite for blood...

The Asian Tiger Mosquito is a black-and-white striped biter that could be living in your own backyard. Its scientific name is aedes albopictus. They are fairly new the United States, coming in from Asia around 1986. They are are harder to kill and unlike other mosquitoes, they like to bite during the daytime.

They also find themselves at home near your home.  

From Asia, to your backyard, the Asian Tiger Mosquito is a freshwater biter, laying eggs in tree holes, tires or containers.
When covered with rainwater, they hatch out and have an appetite for blood.

A freshwater mosquito such as ades albapictis and several others tend to be what we call ankle biters: they tend approach, take a bite, become nervous and take a second bite.

With those bites comes the concern they carry disease, though there have been no reported instances of diseases from the Asian Tiger Mosquito.


Officials say because these live close to homes, that's where you can take control in keeping their populations low. Make sure you get rid of any standing water every three to five days.