Asian Tiger Mosquitoes Return To Local Neighborhood

WEST MIFFLIN (KDKA) — Nasty little mosquitoes have resurfaced in one part of West Mifflin.

Bill Todaro, entomologist from the Allegheny County Health Department, says the Asian Tiger Mosquito was detected in both West Mifflin and the Strip District last Summer.

Steps were taken to get rid of them, but they’re back in the Homeville section of West Mifflin.

Traps were set up Wednesday to collect the white-striped insects to try to find what illnesses they might be carrying.

Todaro says they’re a particular concern because they bite during the day unlike regular mosquitoes and because they can carry a variety of diseases.

He says they’ve been known to spread West Nile Virus, Dengue Fever, Yellow Fever and more. However, Todaro says the ones in our area are likely not carrying all of those.

Despite spraying and an effort to educate people about eliminating standing water where the mosquitoes breed, they’re back.

He says there have been unconfirmed reports of the Asian Tiger Mosquito in two other areas of the county, but it was confirmed last month that they had indeed returned to West Mifflin.

Todaro urges people to clean up or empty items such as tires or children’s swimming pools which may collect water.

Caren McCann who lives in West Mifflin says she can’t go outside in her side yard because the Asian Tiger Mosquitoes are constantly there. She has bite marks on her ankle.

Todaro says mosquitoes in general are worse this year because of all the wet weather we’ve had and that mosquitoes will continue to be a problem until we have some good frosts.

Allegheny County Health Department
National Invasive Species Information Center: Asian Tiger Mosquito

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  • Eric Lesnock

    Hello David,

    I just read your story and it just so happens that I received a bite similar to the person in the story. The bite turned black and blue. I just wanted to know if there is anything I should do on my end to report this and/or get checked out. If you could point me in the right direction I would really appreciate it.

    Thank you for your help.


  • Kristin

    My son and his friend were bit several times by what think were these bugs. It was in North Park over the weekend. It bit through two layers of clothing and they both have welts on them.

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