Mosquitoes

There are a number of species that you can encounter. Being that they have been around for millions of years, it is safe to say every living creature has encountered them.

Everyone has had mosquitoes buzzing in their ear or leaving itchy bites in their body. But, did you know that only the female is biting you? You need to be concerned, as they are vectors to diseases such as: malaria, yellow fever, encephalitis, West Nile, and the recent Zika virus.

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Aedes Mosquito

Identification Tips:

  • Color: White and black striped body
  • Legs: 6
  • Size: A small to medium-sized mosquito, approximately 4 to 7 millimeters. Females are larger than males
  • Identifying Characteristics: Take a look at the standing water in your yard or in your house. Standing water is a favorite breeding ground for mosquitoes – typically placing their eggs and larvae there

Characteristics of this insect:

  • The larvae position is a common characteristic of the Aedes mosquito. The larvae hangs at a specific angle to the water surface. Some experts associate the position to the shape of the larvae
  • Aedes mosquitoes also have a unique standing position. They stand with a straight body, parallel to the surface
  • Aedes mosquitoes typically bite during the day versus the night
  • Aedes mosquitoes have been known to transmit the following viruses and diseases: dengue fever, yellow fever, West Nile fever, chikungunya, eastern equine encephalitis, and Zika virus

Culex Mosquito

Identification Tips:

  • Color: The main body is brown. The proboscis, thorax, wings, and tarsi are darker than the rest of the body, whereas, the head is light brown
  • Legs: 6
  • Size: 4–10 mm (0.16–0.39 in)
  • Identifying Characteristics: The Culex Mosquito prefers to bite at dawn or after dusk. It is known as the common house mosquito

Characteristics of this insect:

  • Culex Mosquitoes lay their eggs in small bodies of standing water, such as, buckets, puddles, pools, and ditches
  • The Culex Mosquito is not considered much of a threat to our health as other mosquito species, such as the Anopheles and Aedes mosquitoes. However the Culex can still transmit a number of diseases that can be potentially fatal to humans. They have been known to contribute to the spreading of West Nile Virus, filariasis, and encephalitis
  • The Culex Mosquito lives from 10 to 14 days, however, a female can lay 100 to 300 eggs at one time
  • Removing objects that collect water on your property and applying mosquito repellent will help lower the likelihood of disease

Anopheles Mosquito

Identification Tips:

  • Color: dark brown to black
  • Legs: 6
  • Size: 1/8 to 3/4 inches
  • Identifying Characteristics: Adult females lay about 50 to 200 eggs at a time. Anopheles lay their eggs individually instead of in groups that are “glued” together. The eggs float on the surface of the water

Characteristics of this insect:

  • The Anopheles mosquito is also known as the Malaria Mosquito for being the primary vector of the disease. The mosquito also transmits heartworms in dogs
  • Anopheles mosquitoes bite primarily from dusk to dawn. They may bite during the daylight hours if the area is dark or shaded
  • Adult Anopheles can be recognized by their resting position. Both males and females rest with their abdomens sticking up in the air, perpendicular to the surface