Neighborhood Watch: How Asian Tiger Mosquito Habitat Varies From Block to Block in an Urban Setting

Entomology Today

Aedes albopictus A new study of the local habitats of the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) in five neighborhoods of Baltimore, Maryland, shows precipitation, number of abandoned buildings, and vegetation were the three most influential factors affecting the mosquito’s nearby abundance. (Photo credit: Ary Farajollahi,

By Meredith Swett Walker

A neighborhood watch generally keeps an eye out for potential burglars and vandals, reporting them to local law enforcement when spotted. But if you want to improve safety and health in your neighborhood, it may be wise to keep an eye out for small pockets of water that collect in objects like discarded food containers, recycling bins, and garden planters. These water sources attract unwelcome visitors that can make your neighborhood an itchier, less healthy place.

Meredith Swett Walker

In research published this week in the Journal of Medical Entomology, a team led by Eliza Little, Ph.D., of Columbia…

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