2020 was a significant year in many respects, not only did the world experience a global pandemic, but California seemingly became invaded by a new breed of mosquito. These particular mosquitoes, known as commonly referred to as “ankle biters” due to their aggressive biting of ones’ ankles, do not just appear at dusk instead remaining active throughout the day.
The Aedes mosquitoes, this “new” mozzie, actually encompasses three different species: Aedes albopictus (Asian tiger mosquito), Aedes aegypti (yellow fever mosquito), and Aedes notoscriptus (Australian backyard mosquito). According to Mosquito Squad’s in-house entomologist, Dr. Chan, these invasive mosquitoes are brought in by trade and travel and while some of these species have actually been around longer, they have more easily been able to expand their range and populations.
Once a suitable environment has been found (i.e. California), these mosquitoes just need food, for the adults, and water for the eggs, larva, and pupa. Warm weather (preferably temperatures of at least 50 degrees F or higher), a drop of water, blood, and flower nectar is all mosquitoes need to breed a healthy batch of biting pests. Within a single feeding, a female has the ability to lay up to 200 eggs or more every seven days. Once an egg has hatched, it becomes a full adult within eight to ten days. And so the cycle begins anew, ultimately producing multiple generations a year.
These ankle biters are more than just annoying. Mosquitoes are considered the world’s deadliest animal because of the dangerous diseases they transmit. Thankfully Malaria, the well-known mosquito-borne virus, was by and large eradicated from the United States in the 1950s. Sadly however, along with the Zika outbreak in 2015, West Nile Virus has become the most commonly transmitted mosquito-borne illness within the contiguous states.
The impacts of climate change have allowed mosquitoes and other pests to thrive. We should all be prepared, educated, and aware of the most common mosquito-borne illnesses. On our own we can best protect ourselves, our children and pets by following Mosquito Squad’s 7 T’s of Mosquito Control. This informative list provides you with helpful tips to protect your family and home.
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