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    African Tiger Mosquito

    Has anyone else been plagued by these monsters this year? These guys are vicious and it's nearly impossible to swat at or brush them off of yourself - they hang on like a darn leech once they find you. I understand they've been around for a while, but I never remember them before this year. Perhaps they are a lot more prolific since it has been such a wet summer and is why I'm noticing them. We've had a few beautifully cool and comfortable days this week, but can't even go outside to enjoy the fresh air. These guys don't just show themselves early morning or early evening - they are ready to make a meal out of you all day long. And once they bite - it itches for days and days. Oh the joys of summer - how I hate them...........
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    Do you mean the Asian Tiger Mosquito? Unless you're talking about a different species, because honestly how many more invasive species are there...

    But if we're talking about the same ones, yes! They swarmed my Archery Range so I've not been back since late may and they're repulsive. I feel like their bites are worse than normal bugs. They've been around since 1985 but they're just showing up around here now I guess.
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    We have not seen them here - they may not have made their way this far North, and I hope they do not! My skin is (ridiculously) sensitive - a normal mosquito bite on me swells into a pink lump about a half in in diameter, 1/16th high, and itches nonstop for several days .... so I can only imagine what a bite from one of them would do!
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    I haven't heard of the asian tiger mosquito but the african...you bet you butt I have. We have been plagued with them for years now. They are silent so you know nothing until the little blood suckers are biting. The bites hurt and stay around for ages and swell something insane!!! I hate the little monsters!!! I feel your pain...often!!!


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    I've heard them called both Asian and African, but actually they are the same. I believe they picked up "African" because of their stripes like an African Tiger, and their aggressive nature. Either way - they are still nasty critters. Like Michelle said - they are "silent but deadly" - and you don't know they have bitten you till it's too late.

    Karen - they have been around and originally were discovered in TX in 1985 - and have been working their way up the East Coast. I'm sure they will make it up your way in the not too distant future! Enjoy....
    Last edited by pomtzu; 08-17-2013 at 06:38 AM.
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    by Edith Wharton & Me
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    Ellie - Mom to the Fuzzbuttz

    To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.
    Ecclesiastes 3:1
    The clock of life is wound but once and no man has the power
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    Now is the only time you have, so live it with a will -
    Don't wait until tomorrow - the hands may then be still.
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