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Aedes aegypti Mosquito - Biting Insect Library

Aedes aegypti Mosquito

Known as the “Yellow Fever Mosquito,” Aedes aegypti is the main vector, or carrier, of Dengue Fever and Yellow Fever in certain regions of North, Central, and South America.


Aedes aegypti is an early morning or late afternoon biter, but will also bite at night under sufficient artificial lighting.




Interesting Facts

The United States has made attempts to eliminate this mosquito but has not been successful yet.


These mosquitoes may lay their eggs in the same containers where other mosquito species have laid their eggs.


The Aedes aegytpi is particularly fond of human ankles when it is searching for a good spot to bite a human.


If you open a cupboard and mosquitoes fly out, then you may have Aedes aegypti mosquitoes in your kitchen.  In regions with the yellow fever mosquito, it is not unusual to open a cupboard or cabinet and find an adult Aedes aegypti mosquito resting inside.


The Aedes aegypti mosquito has been overtaken by the Asian Tiger mosquito in some regions, virtually eliminated by the more aggressive Asian Tiger mosquito in certain areas.


This mosquito stays close to its breeding site, typically traveling only a few hundred yards away.






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