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Part 3: The 6 Most Invasive Insects and How to Deal with Them

Updated: Nov 5, 2020

Part Three: Asian Tiger Mosquitos and Formosan Subterranean Termites

In this, the last of our blogs dedicated to invasive insect species, we will be looking at two particularly troublesome pests: the Asian Tiger Mosquito and Formosan Subterranean Termites.

In case you missed Part 1 (Pharaoh Ants and Stink Bugs) and Part 2 (Argentine Ants and

Asian Lady Beetles) of this series, here’s a brief overview.

Invasive species are an enormous threat. According to the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, “Infestations of invasive plants and animals can negatively affect property values, agricultural productivity, public utility operations, native fisheries, tourism, outdoor recreation, and the overall health of an ecosystem.”

While exact costs are obviously difficult to calculate, one evaluation puts the “estimated damage and control cost of invasive species in the U.S. alone amounts to more than $138 billion annually.” And by the way, if that sounds like a lot, consider the fact that, “globally, 1.4 trillion dollars are spent every year in managing and controlling invasive species.”

Quite apart from the overall threat posed by these species, it is the invertebrates that pose the greatest challenge to human health. And chief among those threats is the Asian Tiger Mosquito!

Asian Tiger Mosquito

The Asian Tiger Mosquito

Tradition has it that the Asian Tiger Mosquito was first identified in 1894 by Frederick A. Askew Skuse, an Anglo-Australian entomologist. Struck by the insect’s