Mosquito Information

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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:

  • - 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 -

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" ( means long-legged)

Spanish refer to mosquito as - " musketas" (means little fly)

Europe refer to mosquito as - "gnats"

French refer to mosquito as - "Les moucherons" or "Les cousins"

Germans refer to mosquito as - "Stechmucken" or "Schnacke"

Scandinavian Countries refer to mosquito as - "myg" and "myyga"

Greeks refer to mosquito as - "konopus"

In 300 B.C., Aristotle referred to mosquitoes as "empis"

Modern writers refer to mosquito as - Culex

 

Correct plural form for Mosquito:

In Spanish - Mosquitos In English - Mosquitoes

Types of Mosquitoes that Tested Positive for West Nile:

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.

Eggs:

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.

Larva:

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.

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.

Adult:

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.

Mosquito Facts:

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 outdoors.

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 property.
  • 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 Diseases:

  • Use a mosquito net when you sleep outdoors to protect you and small babies.
  • 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 outdoors.

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 prevent bites.

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 disease.

How to avoid Mosquito Bites?

  • Apply DEET insect repellent to avoid mosquito bites.
  • Wear long sleeve clothing and pants to protect from mosquito bites.
  • Drain standing water to avoid breeding mosquitoes to protect you from mosquito bites.

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