To most of us, a mosquito is a mosquito and the only good one is a dead one. While that may sound a bit harsh, mosquitos are carriers of deadly illnesses like malaria, West Nile, and chikungunya. Despite their bad reputation, for better or for worse, there are over 2,000 different species of mosquitos, and America is home to over 150 of them. Instead of trying to memorize them all, let’s take a look at the three that cause the most problems here in the USA and abroad: the Aedes, Anopheles, and Culex.
As the most common type of mosquito in the USA, the Aedes is also the most invasive. The Aedes can be found on every continent (except Antarctica) and the female Aedes prefers the blood of humans over any other animal. While not known to spread malaria, the Aedes is the carrier of terrible illnesses like yellow fever, dengue fever, and the relatively new disease chikungunya (see our article about chikungunya for more information).
The world’s most invasive mosquito, the Asian Tiger, is part of the Aedes mosquito clan.
While the Aedes mosquito might be the most common, the Anopheles is the genus of mosquito responsible for spreading malaria. Malaria can be fatal and kills thousands of people every year, mostly children. The Anopheles is mainly found in Africa and tropical areas, but there are reports of Anopheles mosquitos all over the world, even in countries where malaria has been eradicated.
The Culex genus of mosquitos prefers bird blood over human, but don’t let that fool you! The Culex carry some very deadly and debilitating illnesses, like the dreaded West Nile virus, malaria, and encephalitis. The Culex are infamously famous for the poor flying ability, which is another reason you’ll often find them living in and close to large bodies of water.
Different Types of Ticks
Although mosquitos are our most common concern, here at Mosquito Squad of Greater Washington DC, we specialize in insect removal of all types, including ticks. There are almost 1,000 different species of ticks, and like the mosquito, ticks can harbor deadly and devastating illnesses, like Lyme disease, Rocky Mountain spotted fever, and tularemia.
There are three families of ticks – Ixodidae (most common), Argasidae, and the Nuttalliellidae. The American dog tick (or Wood tick) is probably the most common in America, and the Deer Tick (or Blacklegged Tick) is also fairly common in wooded, grassy areas.
No matter the type of insect, Mosquito Squad of Greater Washington DC is equipped to eliminate over 95 percent of mosquitos, ticks, or stink bugs from your yard with our highly effective barrier spray. Contact us today!