Asian Tiger Mosquito Carries West Nile Virus

Josh Navarro
NewsWest 9

PERMIAN BASIN- So we all know that mosquitoes are what transmit the virus but is there a certain species to be on the lookout for?

Exterminators say this kind of mosquito is a native from Southeast Asia and it made its way to the U.S. in past decades. It's called the Asian Tiger mosquito because of the black and white stripes on the body and legs, it's a little larger than a normal mosquito. It was first detected in the states back in 1985 and has since spread.

"The biggest vector for the West Nile virus is the Asian tiger mosquito, which picks it up from the host of most birds that run around with it," Trey Buescher with Bushwacker Pest Control, said.

Other viruses that this pest carries besides the West Nile virus are yellow fever and dengue fever, which is mostly found in Mexico.

Right now, Texas has about half of the U.S. deaths from the illness.