Quantcast

Will tiger mosquitoes take a bite out of Vermont? - WCAX.COM Local Vermont News, Weather and Sports-

Will tiger mosquitoes take a bite out of Vermont?

Posted: Updated:
RICHMOND, Vt. -

The Aedes albopictus is nicknamed "tiger mosquito" because of its striped black and white legs, and it loves to swarm humans, looking for blood. Are these aggressive eaters in Vermont, too?

"So, we are probably at this point not expecting to see it, although it is possible that it may show up in Vermont. But I don't think it will winter over successfully anywhere," Vt. State Entomologist Alan Graham said.

And Graham should know; he looks at a lot of mosquitoes as part of his job.

"Different mosquitoes do different things; they feed on different hosts, some are more aggressive than others," he explained.

And there are plenty of types of mosquitoes to look at. There are 45 different species of mosquitoes that can be found in Vermont, including one kind with eggs that can lay dormant for seven years. They hatched again after Tropical Storm Irene.

But one species that Graham is looking very closely at is the one that feeds primarily on birds, because they can pass the deadly Eastern equine encephalitis or EEE on to humans through their bite.

"We monitor that species because we can look at the virus in the bird population-- it's called a viremia in the bird population-- and detect that Triple-E is circulating within the bird population, and if we detect that would give us some prediction of risk," Graham said.

Two people in Vermont died from EEE last summer after being bitten by an infected mosquito.

"We don't know a lot about this virus," Graham said. "It's pretty rare. The tragedy is that one mosquito bite can be lethal and that makes it very scary."

Graham says the best way to avoid being bitten is to wear pants and long sleeves when you head outdoors at dusk or at night and use a bug spray with DEET.

The state is also asking folks in the EEE-infected area last year near Brandon to fill out surveys as a way to help track cases of EEE.

  • Local NewsMore>>

  • Child car seats in the spotlight

    Child car seats in the spotlight

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:59 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:59:59 GMT
    Car crashes are the number one cause of death for children in the United States, which is why making sure children are buckled up correctly is so important -- unfortunately most are not.
    Car crashes are the number one cause of death for children in the United States, which is why making sure children are buckled up correctly is so important -- unfortunately most are not.
  • Franklin County residents focus on lake pollution

    Franklin County residents focus on lake pollution

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:48 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:48:35 GMT
    A proposal to save Lake Champlain's water quality was dead on arrival last February in the state legislature, but residents in Franklin County are renewing their push for legislation to improve the water.
    A proposal to save Lake Champlain's water quality was dead on arrival last February in the state legislature, but residents in Franklin County are renewing their push for legislation to improve the water.
  • Emily Peyton and Dan Feliciano add voices to the debate

    Emily Peyton and Dan Feliciano add voices to the debate

    Monday, September 15 2014 5:29 PM EDT2014-09-15 21:29:49 GMT

    Two other gubernatorial candidates shared the gazebo with Scott Milne and Gov. Peter Shumlin for Saturday's debate.

    Two other gubernatorial candidates shared the gazebo with Scott Milne and Gov. Peter Shumlin for Saturday's debate.

  • FAHC: The wrong bill is in the mail

    FAHC: The wrong bill is in the mail

    Monday, September 15 2014 4:51 PM EDT2014-09-15 20:51:03 GMT
    The medical center confirms that 3,800 people with last names that start with the letters L through Q, errantly received old bills Monday.
    The medical center confirms that 3,800 people with last names that start with the letters L through Q, errantly received old bills Monday.
  • Sterling College launches $2M fundraising challenge

    Sterling College launches $2M fundraising challenge

    A tiny Vermont college that focuses on environmental stewardship is launching a $2 million fundraising challenge.
    A tiny Vermont college that focuses on environmental stewardship is launching a $2 million fundraising challenge.
  • Dump truck rolls over in Berkshire

    Dump truck rolls over in Berkshire

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:06 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:06:37 GMT
    There was a mess in Berkshire Monday when a dump truck rolled over.
    There was a mess in Berkshire Monday when a dump truck rolled over.
  • 25 fastest growing Vermont businesses honored in South Burlington

    25 fastest growing Vermont businesses honored in South Burlington

    Monday, September 15 2014 11:35 PM EDT2014-09-16 03:35:13 GMT
    From world renowned cheese and maple syrup to companies that run entirely on renewable resources Vermont businesses of all kinds continue to flourish. And there are 25 in particular that are amongst the fastest growing businesses in the state.
    From world renowned cheese and maple syrup to companies that run entirely on renewable resources Vermont businesses of all kinds continue to flourish. And there are 25 in particular that are amongst the fastest growing businesses in the state.
  • Fall hearing could determine fate of Vt. GMO labeling law

    Fall hearing could determine fate of Vt. GMO labeling law

    Monday, September 15 2014 6:51 PM EDT2014-09-15 22:51:09 GMT
    A fall hearing could provide the first clue to the fate of the state's recently-passed GMO labeling law. A group of food producers is suing Vermont over the mandated labeling of some products made with genetically engineered crops by 2016. The legal process is expected to take years, but experts say the first ruling could mirror the final ruling.
    A fall hearing could provide the first clue to the fate of the state's recently-passed GMO labeling law. A group of food producers is suing Vermont over the mandated labeling of some products made with genetically engineered crops by 2016. The legal process is expected to take years, but experts say the first ruling could mirror the final ruling.
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WCAX. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.