What Types of Mosquitoes Can Be Found in South Central Texas?

Author: Mosquito Squad of St. Petersburg - Clearwater

The Asian Tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) is a very invasive mosquito. It’s an aggressive biter, it hovers near flower beds and ground cover (in other words: at ankle level), it bites dogs, rabbits, livestock, and humans and it’s one of the most prevalent mosquitoes in Bexar County. It transmits dengue, Zika, and Chikungunya viruses.

You’ve heard of this mosquito I’m sure but did you know there are 56 other mosquito species right here in Bexar? That’s 57 of the 85 species that are scattered across Texas. Obviously, we can’t list them all, but here are just a few that you are likely to come across in this area.

Aedes Aegypti:

Found most often in the south and eastern part of the state, this mosquito can spread yellow fever, dengue, Zika, and Chikungunya. It is active during the day and breeds in containers.

Aedes Dorsalis:

Found in western and central Texas, these mosquitoes are most active at night. Also called the summer salt marsh mosquito, the Dorsalis bites dogs, cattle, and humans. It too can carry dengue, Zika, and Chikungunya.

Aedes Nigromaculis:

Found in western, central, and southern parts of the state. Called the irrigated pasture mosquito, this pest bites humans, dogs, rabbits, and other mammals. Active during the day, the Nigromaculis can transmit malaria.

Culiseta Inornata:

This mosquito is found across the state and is called the “winter mosquito” because it prefers cooler weather. It feeds day and night on birds, animals, and humans. This mosquito carries Western encephalitis and West Nile virus.

Culex Quinquefasciatus:

Found statewide, the Southern house mosquito feeds at night. It bites humans and large animals and is most commonly found in septic water or dirty water in ditches and catch basins. It transmits St. Louis encephalitis and West Nile virus.

Anopheles Pseudopunctipennis:

This mosquito too is found statewide and transmits malaria. It breeds in the algae of riverside pools and is a night feeder. This mosquito can transmit malaria to humans as well as heartworms to dogs.

Aedes Trivittatus:

Found statewide this mosquito also can transmit heartworms to dogs. Active in early morning or dusk, the “floodwater mosquito” transmits febrile illness to humans.

Aedes Vexans:

Found across Texas the Vexans feeds day and night on humans, large mammals, dogs, and rabbits. This mosquito is a vector for Zika and West Nile virus.

Too Many Mosquitoes to Know

We could literally go on for page after page, there are just so many types of mosquitoes in Texas. Not all mosquitoes found in Texas carry disease or cause problems for humans or pets, but how can you tell? Most mosquitoes do have distinguishing marks, however, are you really going to see that before it bites you?

And with 85 different kinds who will ever remember all that information? Not to mention day feeders, night feeders, winter mosquitoes… they are just everywhere all the time. The best thing to do is protect yourself against all of them.

No matter what species, mosquito control from Mosquito Squad of South Central Texas can eliminate up to 90% of them from your property. Would you rather know what species they are or that they are gone? Call us today and let us help you get them gone.