Aggressive Asian tiger mosquito multiplying rapidly on Long Island

Health officials say the Asian tiger mosquito is ?extremely agressive

Health officials say the Asian tiger mosquito is ?extremely agressive" and will come after you during the day, not primarily around sunset. (6/28/13)

An extremely aggressive mosquito is multiplying rapidly on Long Island.

Asian tiger mosquitoes are extremely aggressive breeders and biters. They are known for attacking during the day, as opposed to the more common northern house mosquito, which comes out at dusk and dawn.

Health officials say the Asian tiger mosquito population has grown on the Island by more than 200 percent in the last few years.

The black-and-white-striped bugs have been linked to West Nile and other diseases.

As with other mosquitoes, homeowners are advised to remove standing water from their properties to keep the insect away. Asian tiger mosquitoes are also known to breed in long grass, so homeowners are being reminded to keep their lawns well-manicured.

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