LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KTHV) - Mosquitoes are always a pest this time of year, but over the years, some breeds have outgrew others. The Asian Tiger mosquito isn't new to Arkansas, but the combative striped insect is growing in Arkansas. The concern is that the insect can transport West Nile Virus and other illness from animal to human.
Dr. Carl Stapleton is the UALR director in the environmental health science program, and he emphasizes prevention as the best way to get rid of the mean-looking bug.
When it bites you, it's like any other mosquito bite. You're not going to be able to know that it was an Asian Tiger Mosquito unless you happen to see it on your arm. Other than their appearance, another key feature of the Asian Tiger Mosquito is that they feed during the day. They were previously known as Forest Day Biters.
The best way to prevent these mosquitoes from harvesting crop in your backyard is to drain standing water. Wearing loose and light clothing also can deter bites, and areas of skin that are exposed should be covered in deet.
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