Ankle biters, arm biters, and everything in between. Central Mass is brimming with all sorts of mosquito species, but they all have one thing in mind. That is their next blood meal.
The Aedes species is the renowned ankle biter we speak of. More particularly, the Aedes Albopictus and Aedes Aegypti. The Aedes mosquitoes are such aggressive biters that they earned the ankle-biter name. You’ve likely cracked your own ankle trying to ward off these bites at a cook-out a time or two…or a hundred! Though, these winged troublemakers do not prefer ankle assaults. They will get their blood meal from your arms, torso, or any other part of your body. This mosquito has also been nicknamed the tiger mosquito, again because of their aggressive biting behavior.
The Asian tiger mosquito is a contentious day feeding mosquito with tiger-like stripes. The Asian tiger spreads West Nile Virus, Yellow Fever, and Dengue Fever among other diseases. It is also known as the Forest Day mosquito but do not be fooled; they are city-dwellers too.
How many mosquito species are there?
There are over 3,000 mosquito species found in the world. You may think only warm or temperate climates have mosquitoes. If so, do not attempt to explain your theory to anyone living in Alaska. Alaska has over 40 mosquito species, including one they have nicknamed the snow mosquito! There are six species of snow mosquitoes, which active during the winter, but more are seen in early spring. These species move slower than other. Some Alaskans call them “training mosquitoes” since smaller and faster mosquitoes will arrive soon after snow mosquitoes are spotted in the spring. Snow mosquitoes are simply a warm-up round!
How many mosquito species are here in Reading and Central Mass?
Massachusetts has 50 mosquito species. While that is a small number compared to the thousands in existence, with 50 species comes multiple mosquito-borne illnesses. The most frequently discussed mosquito disease in our state is West Nile virus. West Nile was first identified in Massachusetts in the year 2000. In Central Mass, six of the 50 mosquito species have been identified as carriers of the West Nile virus. One of our common summer mosquitoes, Aedes vexans, is capable of transmitting both West Nile virus and EEE (Eastern Equine Encephalitis). Its common name is Inland Floodwater Mosquito. It is a prolific species and can produce several generations of mosquitoes in only one summer. Culex pipiens is a year-round mosquito in Central Mass and is one that lives in our homes. Its common name is the house mosquito. It is a known vector for West Nile virus. Culex pipiens is the mosquito most responsible for the bites we get while sleeping. Our pets are at risk for mosquito-borne diseases too. There are three mosquito species in Central Massachusetts that are responsible for dog heartworm. The mosquito infecting our dogs the most is Ochlerotatus Canadensis. The common name is the Woodland Pool Mosquito. This specie is most common in late spring and summer. It has also been linked to the transmission of EEE from birds to humans. Mosquito species are extremely varied in habits, habitat, daytime and nighttime activity, preferences in their blood meal hosts, preference for laying eggs in fresh, polluted, or salty water; the differences go on and on. Some mosquito larvae even eat other mosquito larvae and can become cannibals of their own specie in order to survive. And yes, we even have our own snow mosquito. Ochlerotatus communis larvae are the most common mosquito specie in deep snow pools and are often found in elevations above 1500 ft. The spread of mosquito species and their diseases has increased as trade and travel have made our world a smaller in the past 50+ years. During this period, we have also become more knowledgeable about the differences in mosquito species and their diseases.
Reading mosquito control offers protection against all 50 Central Massachusetts mosquito species.
Mosquitoes are here to stay in Reading and Centra MA. We continue to learn how to protect our pets and ourselves better, as our knowledge of each mosquito specie increases. One thing we already know is that using a barrier spray in areas where we spend the most time outdoors is an effective method in reducing our exposure to these pests.
Mosquito Squad of North Shore offers the most complete at-home mosquito control, which is applied every few weeks in the warm weather months, for uninterrupted protection. Our EPA-registered mosquito barrier spray works with immediate effect and continues working for about three weeks. Don’t worry that time is running out on your mosquito spray, our skilled mosquito control technicians already have your next application scheduled! We also offer an all-natural mosquito protection solution that will help repel mosquitoes away from your yard. Though, less effective than our EPA-registered spray, it is perfect for families, who wish for a solution that comes straight from nature. The all-natural mosquito control is a barrier spray, applied just like our other formula. The best part is that, it too, works for a couple of weeks between applications!
It is time to begin your Central Massachusetts mosquito control regimen with Mosquito Squad of North Shore. Our mosquito protection program is super-easy – just set it and forget it. Once you sign up with us, we will take care of the rest! Call us today at (978) 597-7168.