Floridians Needs to be Familiar with these 5 Mosquitoes

There are 80 different species of mosquitoes known to occur in Florida. Some are pests; some transmit pathogens that cause disease. Here are a few that feed on humans and are *vectors:

*One definition of a vector is that of a carrier — it might be an insect like a mosquito that carries and transmits a bacterium or virus.

Yellow Fever Mosquito

Larvae are found in water-holding objects found around the home and yard such as flower vases, tires, toys, bottles, cans, barrels, bromeliad plants and other containers. Found in all Florida counties. Vector of Dengue and Chikungunya viruses.

Asian Tiger Mosquito

Larvae are found in water-holding objects found around the home and yard such as flower vases, tires, toys, bottles, cans, barrels, bromeliad plants and other containers. Found in all Florida counties but does not occur in the Florida Keys. Vector of Dengue and Chikungunya viruses.

Scientific name: Culex nigripalpus

Larvae are found in ditches, containers, grassy pools, dairy lagoons, furrows in citrus groves. Found in all Florida counties, abundant through the State. Vector of dog heartworm, St Louis encephalitis virus, West Nile Virus.

Scientific name: Aedes taeniorhynchus

Larvae are found in salt marshes. Found in all Florida counties, strong fliers. Major pests during summer and early fall. Vector of dog heartworm.

Scientific name: Psorophora ciliata

Larvae are found in ditches, containers, grassy pools, furrows of citrus groves, pasture areas. Found in all Florida counties, abundant throughout the State. Not known to vector any mosquito borne pathogens.

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