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Asian Tiger Mosquito

Asian tiger mosquitoScientific name: Aedes albopictus (Skuse, 1895) (ITIS; name is valid but unverified)

Common name: Asian tiger mosquito

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Native To: Asia (Benedict et al. 2007)

Date of U.S. Introduction: Late 1800s (Hawaii); 1985 (Continental U.S.) (Moore and Mitchell 1997)

Means of Introduction: Arrived accidentally in tires imported from Asia (Moore and Mitchell 1997)

Impact: Has aggressive daytime human-biting behavior and ability to vector many viruses, including West Nile virus (Benedict et al. 2007)

Current U.S. Distribution:

  • Disease Maps - Dynamic Map Viewer
    DOI. United States Geological Survey; DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    Maps updated to present. Select data by disease (WN), vector (mosquito), state, and year (includes historical data from 2003).
  • West Nile Virus - Statistics & Maps
    DHHS. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
    Includes final annual and cumulative maps & data from 1999.



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Texas Invasives Database - Aedes albopictus

The Quiet Invasion: A Guide to Invasive Species of the Galveston Bay Area - Asian Tiger Mosquito
Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Galveston Bay Estuary Program; Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).

Invasive Species Compendium - Aedes albopictus
CAB International.

Global Invasive Species Database - Aedes albopictus (insect)
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

State Government

Asian Tiger Mosquito: Prevention and Control
Illinois Department of Public Health. Environmental Health.

The Asian Tiger Mosquito in Maryland
Maryland Department of Agriculture. Plant Industries and Pest Management.


Asian Tiger Mosquito, Aedes albopictus
University of California - Riverside. Center for Invasive Species Research.

EDIS Topic - Mosquitoes
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
Electronic Data Information Source - publication resources

Asian Tiger Mosquito
Rutgers State University of New Jersey. Center for Vector Biology.

Insect Fact Sheets - Asian Tiger Mosquito
Clemson University. Home and Garden Information Center.
See also: Insect Fact Sheets for other vectors/pests


Benedict, M.Q., R.S. Levine, W.A. Hawley, and L.P. Lounibos. 2007. Spread of the tiger: global risk of invasion by the mosquito Aedes albopictus. Vector-Borne and Zoonotic Diseases 7(1):76-85.

Integrated Taxonomic Information System. Aedes albopictus. [Accessed Feb 28, 2015].

Moore, C.G., and C.J. Mitchell. 1997. Aedes albopictus in the United States: ten-year presence and public health implications. Emerging Infectious Diseases 3(3).

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Last Modified: Aug 31, 2018
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