Types of Mosquitoes

Worldwide, there are a varying species of Mosquitoes who each are responsible for annoying humans with their feeding habits. These different species follow a similar set of characteristics for Mosquitoes as a whole. For Instance, only female mosquitoes have the capacity to bite and feed off of humans.

Males and Juvenile Mosquitoes don’t possess the physical capacity to feed from live hosts. Based on location and breeding habits, identifying the different types of mosquitoes requires more in-depth analysis of their overall habits.

Categorizing Mosquitoes requires understanding both the physical appearance of the species, as well as the manner in which the females lay their eggs. Depending on the species of Mosquito, newly laid eggs can hatch anywhere between one day and five years from the time they are laid.

Depending on a variety of factors and species, these new mosquitoes can live for weeks to months, including their overwintering period of hibernation from when they were born. While most females require blood to lay and develop fertile eggs, both males and females will generally survive on nectar.

While it is unlikely to identify a mosquito directly by their appearance, many species of mosquitoes interact along common habits depending on their species. Mosquitoes actually have different physiology and habits, as well as disease transmission based on their specific species. These species can be broken into four categories by genus, Anopheles, Aedes, Ochlerotatus, and Culex, each with separate subspecies.

While Aedes and Ochlerotatus share several similar characteristics, they have been found to be two completely different groups. Anopheles Mosquitoes lay eggs individually on top of the water, while Culex will lay eggs in a raft consisting of hundreds of eggs per group. Aedes and Ochlerotatus prefer to lay their eggs in damp environments near water. These eggs will then hatch once the water rises to encompass them. These eggs can lay near bodies of water and survive for as long as 3-5 years before continuing their evolution cycle. 

These separate species are all a threat to the health of Humans and several animals as well. While many blood-borne diseases cannot be transmitted through mosquito bites from person to person, mosquitoes are capable of infecting individuals with a variety of other diseases. The United States has undergone a variety of outbreaks over the years, with several states becoming higher risk than others of transmitting diseases due to large populations of mosquitoes. 

Diseases spread by Mosquitoes:

Mosquitoes get the name “Most Dangerous Animal on the Planet” not because of their capacity to outright kill other species, but rather through their capacity to transmit a host of dangerous and potentially fatal diseases worldwide. In warm climates Malaria has ravaged many countries as Mosquitoes thrive and feed on a variety of hosts. In the United States, other Mosquito transmitted diseases cause problems for citizens and tourists alike. Common Mosquito Transmitted Diseases include

  • West Nile Virus
  • Encephalitis
  • Malaria
  • Dengue
  • Yellow Fever
  • Zika

Avoiding mosquitoes entirely may not be a possible goal when you need to travel from your home. The best method of remaining healthy when in an area infested by mosquitoes is to apply topical prevention, like mosquito repellent containing DEET, to avoid as many bites as possible. Additionally, Mosquitoes are more active during dawn and dusk, as well as overnight, and ensuring that you cover any exposed body parts with Mosquito Repellent can help deter the event of serious transmission to you and your loved ones. Learn more about U.S. Pest Protection’s Mosquito Protection Treatments. Furthermore, if you are certain you have a mosquito problem, purchase your mosquito protection plan today!

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