GOLDEN VALLEY, Minn. - Lakes and rivers are not the only places scientists are finding invasive species. At the Metropolitan Mosquito Control District, scientists are on the lookout every day.
Of the 50 mosquito species found in Minnesota and analyzed by the MMCD, there are a number of invasive species Executive Director Jim Stark tells KARE 11 they're watching closely.
Aedes albopictus, also known as Asian Tiger and Ochlerotatus japonicas, also known as Asia Rock Pool, are on the group's radar screen.
"With climate change and us warming, we're seeing different mosquito species moving closer to us than we have in the past," said Stark.
Asian Tiger is currently causing problems on the east coast. It is found in tires and bites all day and all night and experts say it has the potential of carrying disease.
Although the species has been found in Minnesota, the good news is the cold weather has kept the species at bay. But the Asian Rock Pool is most likely here to stay and while it is not as aggressive, it too has the potential of carrying disease.
"We don't want another species in Minnesota that can transmit disease," he said.
It is why MMCD continues its search for these and other mosquitoes while Minnesotans try to avoid them.
"It's kind of annoying," said Ryan VanDerwater.
VanDerwater and his family are camping, like many, this holiday week and finding mosquitoes to be a problem.
"They're thicker," he said.
"There are just more of them," his wife, Beth added.
Their 1-year-old son has bites all over him.
"Right there, his leg down here," said Ryan as he pointed to red marks. "His eye was completely swollen shut almost yesterday."
In the case of the Asian Tiger and Asian Rock Pool mosquitoes, they were found in old tires that originated from Asia. Experts say they and other mosquitoes lay their eggs in stagnant or slow moving water.
It is why they say it is important to clean out water from tires, bird baths and other containers around your home.
But the best defense is bug spray, especially after the amount of rain the area received over the last several weeks.
"I think this 4th of July might be a little buggier than the last few," said Stark.