Researchers from the The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the University of Florida in US studied the Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) and its egg-laying preferences.
This mosquito is known to transmit yellow fever, dengue, and chikungunya, researchers said.
Asian tiger mosquitoes prefer to lay eggs in containers, so the first thing the scientists decided to test was whether the size of the containers made any difference.
They were also curious about whether or not the presence of flowers might affect the egg-laying behaviour, due to the fact that mosquitoes drink nectar from flowers.
They found significantly more eggs in the largest containers, and they found more eggs in containers next to flowering bushes than in containers without flowers.
These findings could lead to new methods of controlling the mosquito, researchers said.

The study was published in the Journal of Medical Entomology.


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