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What are the most common species of mosquitoes?

Here you will find general information about mosquitoes. Where they are, where they breed, the diseases they may carry, what times of the day they are out and other information. To search for a mosquito use the jump menu.

Yellow Fever Mosquito CDC Public Health Image Library*

Yellow Fever Mosquito

Aedes aegypti

Habitat

Throughout the southeastern US, but excluding most of FL

Breeding Areas

Container breeders:

  • Flower pots
  • Gutters
  • Discarded tires

Diseases They May Carry

  • West Nile Virus
  • Yellow fever
  • Dengue in the tropics

Feeding Time

Day and Night

Additional Information

Commonly in FL, it is being out competed by Ae. albopictus

Asian Tiger Mosquito Calvert County, NC Web Site*

Asian Tiger Mosquito

Aedes albopictus

Habitat

Found in more than 26 states throughout the S.E. & N.E. US and migrating

Breeding Areas

Container breeders:

Artificial locations

  • Flower pots
  • Gutters
  • Discarded tires

Natural areas

  • Tree holes
  • Bromeliads
  • Bamboo
  • Inside of plant leaves

Predominant mostly inland, not along the coast

Diseases They May Carry

  • West Nile Virus
  • LaCrosse Encephalitis
  • Dengue
  • Heartworm

Feeding Time

Aggressive day biter, most active during 10 am –3 PM; rests in the shade but unlike most other mosquitoes will leave shade to bite in direct sun if there is a meal (you).

Additional Information

Over winters as egg; will enter homes. Attracted to carbon dioxide as a long-range attractant.

Inland Floodwater Mosquito Texas Agricultural Experiment Station, Texas A&M University*

Inland Floodwater Mosquito

Aedes vexans

Habitat

US & Southern Canada

Breeding Areas

  • Temporary rain filled pools
  • Pools formed by floodwater

Diseases They May Carry

  • West Nile Virus
  • EEE

Feeding Time

Day and Night

Additional Information

Not Available

The Quads or Common Malaria Mosquito South Dakota State University*

The Quads or Common Malaria Mosquito

Anopheles quadrimaculatus

Habitat

Southern US rice fields

Breeding Areas

  • Reservoirs
  • Swamps
  • Lakes
  • Rivers

Diseases They May Carry

  • West Nile Virus
  • Malaria
  • Heartworm

Feeding Time

Night

Additional Information

Over winters as adult

House Mosquito Illinois Department of Public Health*

House Mosquito

Culex pipiens

Habitat

Northern US

Breeding Areas

Container breeders:

  • Flower pots
  • Gutters
  • Discarded tires

Diseases They May Carry

  • West Nile Virus
  • St. Louis Encephalitis

Feeding Time

Not Available

Additional Information

Over winters as adult, bites birds only

Southern House Mosquito CDC Public Health Image Library*

Southern House Mosquito

Culex quinquefasciatus

Habitat

Southern US

Breeding Areas

  • stagnant & polluted water such as containers, drains, cesspits

Diseases They May Carry

  • St. Louis Encephalitis
  • West Nile Virus

Feeding Time

Dawn & Dusk

Additional Information

Not Available

Unbanded Salt Marsh Mosquito Texas Agricultural Experiment Station Texas A&M University*

Unbanded Salt Marsh Mosquito

Culex salinarius

Habitat

  • Atlantic Coast
  • Gulf Coast

Breeding Areas

  • Flood waters
  • Fresh water
  • Containers

Diseases They May Carry

  • West Nile Virus

Feeding Time

Night

Additional Information

Over winter as adult, enters home

Winter Mosquito South Dakota State University*

Winter Mosquito

Culiseta inornata

Habitat

Throughout most of North America

Breeding Areas

  • Rain pools
  • Ditches
  • Canals
  • Duck Ponds
  • Club Ponds
  • Salt Marshes
  • Can also survive brackish water

Diseases They May Carry

  • West Nile Virus

Feeding Time

Night

Additional Information

Over winters as adult

Cedar Swamp or Black Tailed Mosquito

Culiseta melanura

Habitat

  • Maine
  • Southern Quebec
  • South to southern FL
  • West to Eastern TX
  • North to the lower Great Lakes

Breeding Areas

  • Swamps

Diseases They May Carry

  • West Nile Virus
  • EEE

Feeding Time

Bites only birds

Additional Information

Over winters as a larva

Woodland Pool Mosquito

Ochlerotatus canadensis

Habitat

  • Eastern US
  • Central Plains

Breeding Areas

  • Temporary shaded woodland
  • Pools
  • Ditches

Diseases They May Carry

  • West Nile Virus
  • Heartworm

Feeding Time

Day and Night

Additional Information

Over winters as egg

Japanese or Rockpool Mosquito Mike Sardalis, USAMRIID**

Japanese or Rockpool Mosquito

Ochlerotatus japonicus

Habitat

  • Eastern US

Breeding Areas

Natural and Container breeder

Diseases They May Carry

  • West Nile Virus

Feeding Time

Day

Additional Information

Over winters as egg

Treehole Mosquito CDC Public Health Image Library**

Treehole Mosquito

Ochlerotatus Triseriatus

Habitat

Widely distributed in North America

Breeding Areas

  • Treeholes
  • Artificial containers

Diseases They May Carry

  • West Nile Virus
  • LaCrosse Encephalitis

Feeding Time

Day and Night

Additional Information

Over winters as egg

Treehole Mosquito The University of Nebraska at Kearney*

Eastern Salt Marsh Mosquito

Ochlerotatus sollicitans

Habitat

Eastern US

Breeding Areas

Salt marshes

Diseases They May Carry

  • West Nile Virus
  • Heartworm
  • EEE

Feeding Time

Day and Night

Additional Information

Over winters as egg