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Definition of a Mosquito Any of a family of small,
dipterous insects having in the female mouth parts that puncture the
skin of animals and suck their blood.
Mosquito Borne Diseases:
What did everyone call the Mosquito?
(The use of the word "mosquito" is of North American
origin and dates back to 1583.)
Hispanic Americans refer to mosquito as - "Zancudos" (
Spanish refer to mosquito as - " musketas" (means little
Europe refer to mosquito as - "gnats"
French refer to mosquito as - "Les moucherons" or "Les
Germans refer to mosquito as - "Stechmucken" or "Schnacke"
Scandinavian Countries refer to mosquito as - "myg" and
Greeks refer to mosquito as - "konopus"
In 300 B.C., Aristotle referred to mosquitoes as "empis"
Modern writers refer to mosquito as - Culex
- - West Nile -
- - Yellow Fever -
- - Malaria -
- - Dengue Fever -
- - Rift Vally Fever -
- - Filariasis -
- - Encephalitis -
- - St. Louis encephalitis -
- - Western Equine encephalitis -
- - LaCrosse encephalitis -
- - Japanese encephalitis -
- - Eastern Equine encephalitis -
Correct plural form for Mosquito:
In Spanish - Mosquitos
In English - Mosquitoes
Types of Mosquitoes that Tested Positive for West
Aedes mosquito species
Aedes albopictus mosquitoes
Aedes aegypti mosquitoes
Aedes vexans mosquitoes
Aedes cinereus mosquitoes
Anopheles mosquito species
Anopheles barberi mosquitoes
Anopheles atropos mosquitoes
Anopheles crucians/bradleyi mosquitoes
Anopheles punctipennis mosquitoes
Anopheles quadrimaculatus mosquitoes
Anopheles walkeri mosquitoes
Coquillettidia mosquito species
Coquillettidia perturbans mosquitoes
Culiseta mosquito species
Culiseta inornata mosquitoes
Culiseta melanura mosquitoes
Culex mosquito species
Culex erraticus mosquitoes
Culex nigripalpus mosquitoes
Culex pipiens mosquitoes
Culex quinquefasciatus mosquitoes
Culex restuans mosquitoes
Culex salinarius mosquitoes
Culex tarsalis mosquitoes
Culex territans mosquitoes
Deinocerites mosquito species
Deinocerites cancer mosquito
Ochlerotatus mosquito species
Ochlerotatus atropalpus mosquito
Ochlerotatus atlanticus/tormentor mosquito
Ochlerotatus canadensis mosquito
Ochlerotatus cantator mosquito
Ochlerotatus dorsalis mosquito
Ochlerotatus fitchii mosquito
Ochlerotatus infirmatus mosquito
Ochlerotatus japonicus mosquito
Ochlerotatus provocans mosquito
Ochlerotatus sollicitans mosquito
Ochlerotatus sticticus mosquito
Ochlerotatus stimulans mosquito
Ochlerotatus taeniorhynchus mosquito
Ochlerotatus triseriatus mosquito
Ochlerotatus trivittatus mosquito
Orthopodomyia mosquito species
Orthopodomyia signifera mosquito
Psorophora mosquito species
Psorophora ciliata mosquito
Psorophora columbiae mosquito
Psorophora ferox mosquito
Psorophora howardii mosquito
Uranotaenia mosquito species
Uranotaenia sapphirina mosquito
Mosquito Life Cycle:
The Mosquito has four seperate distinct stages of its' life cycle.
They are the Egg, Larva, Pupa, and Adult.
Many mosquitoes lay their eggs on the surface of
water. Mosquitoes usually lay their eggs at night sticking their
eggs together forming a raft of about 100 to 300 eggs. A female
mosquito will lay eggs every third night during its life span.
Mosquito larvae emerge from the eggs within 48 hours.
Mosquito Larva live in the water from 4 to 14 days.
Larvae have siphon tubes for breathing and hang upside down from the
water surface. Microorganisms and organic matter are among some of
the things that larvae feed on in the water. The larve sheds its
skin four times during growth. The fourth time it becomes a pupa.
The pupa live in the water for about 1-4 days. This
is a non-feeding stage of development, they move around and respond
to changes in light. When this stage is complete the skin of the
pupa splits and the adult mosquito emerges. At the end of this stage
the adult mosquito splits the pupal case and emerges to the surface
of the water where it rests until its body dries and hardens.
Female mosquitoes are the only ones that require a
blood meal. Male mosquitoes do not feed or bite. They feed on the
nectar of flowers. The blood that female gets from its host provides
protein for the production of her eggs.
How many species of mosquitoes are there?
There are currently over 3000 species worldwide.
Why do mosquitoes bite humans?
Mosquitoes feed on humans they do not "bite" humans.
Female mosquitoes obtain protein from the blood of humans and animals
so they can produce their eggs.
How do mosquitoes spread disease?
Diseases are usually picked up when the are picked up
from an infected host that it feeds on. These diseases are then
passed on to other hosts that the mosquito feeds on.
What type of diseases can mosquitoes carry?
The known diseases the mosquitoes can carry are
malaria, yellow fever, dog heartworm, and viral encephalitis.
Do male and female mosquitoes both feed on humans?
Male mosquitoes don't lay eggs so they do not require
any protein. Only the female mosquito requires a source of protein
to produce her eggs.
Where do mosquitoes breed?
Mosquitoes need water to breed and most mosquitoes
spend their larval and pupal stages in water. Mosquitoes can always
be found around water.
How long do mosquitoes live?
An adult mosquito can live 2-3 months and adults that
hibernate can live as long as 6-8 months.
Where do mosquitoes go during the winter?
Mosquitoes are cold-blooded creature and usually die
in the fall, but have eggs that hibernate as embryos.
How can mosquitoes be controlled?
Mosquitoes can be controlled by limiting the amount
of standing water their is around your home for mosquito breeding.
Why are mosquitoes able to survive pesticide spraying?
Pesticides are designed to kill adult mosquitoes
within 5-30 minutes of contact. When contact is made, insecticides
are approximately 90% effective so some mosquitoes do survive
spraying. It is not designed to kill mosquito larvae so non-adult
mosquitoes will not be affected and new hatches of adults will need
to be addressed when it is time.
How can I protect myself from mosquito-borne diseases?
The best way is to avoid being bitten by mosquitoes.
This can be done by using the Mosquito Killing System to reduce the
population of mosquitoes and also by using personal protection while
Things you can do to reduce the Mosquito breeding grounds:
- Clean roof gutters on an annual basis.
- Turn over plastic wading pools when not in use.
- Change water in birdbaths and wading pools on a weekly basis.
- Aerate ornamental pools or stock them with fish.
- Clean and chlorinate swimming pools that are not being used.
- Dispose of tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots or
similar water-holding containers that have accumulated on your
- Make sure their is no standing water in used or discarded
tires that may have accumulated on your property.
- Drill holes in the bottom of containers that you leave
outdoors that could possibly hold water.
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Things you can do to protect yourself from Mosquito-Borne
- Use a mosquito net when you sleep outdoors to protect you and
- Wear shoes, socks, long pants, and a long-sleeved shirt when
outdoors for long periods of time.
- Use the mosquito killing system and also apply mosquito
repellent, according to the directions, when it is necessary to be
Mosquito Repellent Use & Safety
Why should I use DEET insect repellent?
Insect repellent helps reduce exposure to harmful
mosquitoes which transfer West Nile Virus, and allow people to
continue with their normal day to day activities.
When should I use mosquito repellent?
You should apply repellent when you are planning to go
outdoors and be at risk of getting bites from mosquitoes.
What time of day should I wear mosquito repellent?
Mosquitoes that carry West Nile have been known to
bite at dusk and dawn. You should apply repellent if you are
outdoors at these times. Their are also mosquitoes that bite during
the day that have also been found to carry West Nile. You should
always apply repellents when you are outdoors.
How often should DEET repellent be reapplied?
Some DEET repellent have higher percentages of
Chemicals in them then in others, so it is best to follow the
directions on the repellent product to find out when to reapply the
repellent. If you sweat or get wet then you might need to apply the
repellent more often. You should not need to reapply repellents if
you are not getting mosquito bites.
Should I wear DEET repellent while I am indoors?
No you should not need DEET repellent indoors. If you
are getting bites indoors check the screens around you home to make
sure there are no holes in them.
How does mosquito DEET repellent work?
Repellent contain chemicals that repel mosquitoes DEET
is the most popular one of the chemicals and it does not kill
mosquitoes. DEET makes them unable to locate us.
Which mosquito repellent works the best?
The repellent with DEET works the best. DEET
repellent has been tested against mosquito bites and has shown to be
effective. The higher concentration of DEET repellent the better it
protects you from bites.
How does the percentage of DEET in a product relate to the
amount of protection it gives?
A higher percentage of DEET repellent should be used
if you are planning to be outdoors for several hours. A lower
percentage of DEET repellent can be used if you will be outdoors for
a short period of time.
Why does CDC recommend using DEET?
DEET repellent has shown to be the most effective to
Is non-DEET repellent effective?
Some repellent that do not contain DEET have provided
some protection against mosquito bites, but repellent that contains
DEET is by far the best you can get.
I'm confused. Which products contain "DEET"?
Most repellent that contains DEET are labeled where
you can see it in big letters. Remember a higher percentage of DEET
repellent the longer the protection will last. A low percentage of
DEET repellent the shorter the protection will last.
Using DEET Repellent Safely
How should products containing DEET be used on children?
No definitive studies exist in the on what what
concentration of DEET repellent is safe for children. No serious
illness has been linked to the use of DEET repellent in children.
Is DEET safe for pregnant or nursing women?
Again there are no reported studies or events of
repellent containing DEET in pregnant women.
Are there any risks due to using repellent containing DEET?
Skin reaction can be caused by the use of repellent
containing DEET. You should call the poison control center
1-800-222-1222 if a reaction occurs.
Fighting Mosquito bites reduces your risk of getting a
How to avoid Mosquito Bites?
- Apply DEET insect repellent to avoid mosquito bites.
- Wear long sleeve clothing and pants to protect from mosquito
- Drain standing water to avoid breeding mosquitoes to protect
you from mosquito bites.
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kind with scientific proof of reducing the mosquito population. The
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