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Asian Tiger Mosquito Hitches Ride Across Ocean in Tires

4:49 PM, Sep 16, 2011   |    comments
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JACKSONVILLE, Fla. -- A potentially deadly mosquito in the area is coming to the country in tractor tires.

Mosquito expert Gary Clark, who works with the USDA in Gainesville, spoke with NBC Nightly News about the Asian Tiger Mosquito.

This particular species is a daytime biter and can spread such diseases as West Nile and Dengue fever. The mosquito is from southeast Asia and made its entry into America via cargo.

Clark said the mosquitoes in Asia lay eggs in tractor tires, which are then loaded onto cargo containers and shipped to ports in America. Once the tires are discarded, they are frequently just left out on the open.

When moisture hits the tires, the eggs hatch and the mosquitoes are now in a new environment.

They also can get into homes via the "magic bamboo" plants that also come from Asia. In much the same way, mosquitoes lay eggs around the plants, which are then shipped to America and sold.

The plants are then watered, allowing the life cycle to progress.

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