Mosquito Identification

Mosquitoes are small flying insects that bite and feed on human and animal blood. There are more than 3,500 species of mosquitoes found worldwide. Bites from these insects commonly cause redness, itchiness, and swelling.

While not all mosquitoes bite humans and animals, they can be vectors. Vectors are animals or pests that can spread pathogens (germs, bacteria, viruses, etc.) to people and animals, and these harmful pathogens can easily make you sick. There are also “nuisance mosquitoes” that bite, but cannot spread diseases.

Some of the most common mosquitoes in Florida are:

  • Asian tiger mosquitoes (Aedes albopictus)

  • Yellow fever mosquitoes (Aedes aegypti)

  • Southern house mosquitoes (Culex quinquefasciatus)

  • Anopheles

  • Black salt marsh mosquitoes (Aedes taeniorhynchus)

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In fact, mosquitoes are among the world’s deadliest creatures. Despite their small size, they are capable of transmitting a wide range of diseases, including the deadly West Nile virus, encephalomyelitis, and Zika. While not life-threatening, mosquito bites can lead to secondary diseases if scratched excessively.

There are several factors that may be causing your mosquito problem. These insect pests thrive in areas with stagnant water. During the rainy months of the year, the number of mosquito infestations increases, which requires professional pest control services. Climates that are both humid and hot, which are what we have in Florida, also attract mosquitoes and provide the perfect hatching grounds for their larvae. Unfortunately, if you have a full-blown infestation, it will require more than just mosquito traps and citronella candles. If you want to avoid the nuisances of a mosquito infestation, contact Rodent Solutions today.

You will usually find mosquitoes in areas where there is stagnant water, tall grass, and a source of food. Most of the female species lay their eggs in water in order to reproduce successfully, making a clogged gutter, an empty plant pot, a wheelbarrow, or even a bird bath an ideal breeding ground for them. Most mosquitoes prefer to avoid the noon heat and take cover in tall grass, dense foliage, and other growth that allows them to avoid the heat.

Learn more about our mosquito control and general pest control solutions in Bradenton, Florida.