And as these urban mosquitoes readily spread, entomologists fear that Chikungunya virus, which is carried by this species, could become endemic to New York within a few years.
There is no vaccine or cure for this particular virus and prevention is the best and only protection for you and your family.
- Limit outdoor activity around dusk & dawn when mosquitoes are most active.
- Wear long pants and shirts and spray all over with insect repellents like DEET or PICARIDIN before leaving the house.
- Keep bushes trimmed and grass mown.
- Use screens and mosquito netting to provide skeeter-free zones in and around the home.
And more importantly – deprive mosquitoes of their favorite places like standing water, which can become potential mosquito nurseries. Females lay their eggs every three days in standing water. They don’t need much and they’re not particular where; an inch or two that has collected in a child’s toy, a flowerpot, or old tire. Stagnant pools, birdbaths and fountains are another mosquito favorite. Don’t forget to clear out the rain gutters too.
If you have a Mega-Catch™ trap then we definitely recommend using the Mega-Catch™ 3000 combo lure. Incorporating Octenol and Lactic acid the lure has been specifically formulated to attract the Asian tiger mosquito.
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