Native to: New Guinea, the islands in the Indian Ocean, Madagascar, India and Pakistan, China, Korea and northern Japan.
Introduced to: 26 states in the U.S., Central and South America, Europe.
Mode of transportation: The mosquito hitched a ride to the states on used tires imported from Japan or possibly Taiwan.

The Asian Tiger Mosquito can spread diseases like West Nile Virus and Encephalitis to humans. For this reason, the U.S. Center for Disease Control keeps a close watch on Asian Tiger Mosquito populations, as it has great potential to be a dangerous disease vector.

    If you are bitten by a mosquito during daylight, the culprit is probably the Asian Tiger Mosquito, which feeds during the day. Female Mosquitoes hunt by smelling carbon dioxide in the air--when mammals breath, they exhale the molecule, giving their location away.