Vertical oviposition preferences of the Asian tiger mosquito, Aedes albopictus, in temperate North America

Eric Williges, Ary Faraji, Randy Gaugler

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Abstract

As a hyperaggressive mosquito that is also a public health threat, Aedes albopictus (Skuse), the Asian tiger mosquito, is a major priority for control efforts. We examine one aspect of Ae. albopictus biology: oviposition height. Field-based research in an urban habitat was conducted to determine if a height preference exists for this species. Larval and egg counts showed a significant preference for oviposition at ground level (0 m) compared to heights of 1, 2, 3, or 4 m (P < 0.01). An experiment conducted under semi-field conditions supported our conclusion of oviposition preference at ground level (P < 0.001), and further defines the search image needed by mosquito control personnel when dealing with this invasive species.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)169-174
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of the American Mosquito Control Association
Volume30
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Sep 1 2014

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Ecology, Evolution, Behavior and Systematics
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Insect Science

Keywords

  • Larval habitat
  • New Jersey
  • integrated mosquito management
  • oviposition
  • source reduction

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