Mosquitoes in Kansas

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Asian Tiger Mosquito

Appearance
The body of the Asian tiger mosquito is black and white and measures approximately 5 mm in length. Their legs are striped black and white. Males feed on nectar, while the female Asian tiger mosquito has an elongated proboscis used to extract blood.

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Behavior, Diet & Habits
Asian Tiger Mosquitoes can thrive in a wide variety of environments and conditions. They are faster moving and more aggressive than other species of mosquitoes. Asian tiger mosquitoes are known carriers of yellow fever and dengue fever. The blood they suck is used in the development of eggs. Asian tiger mosquitoes lay their eggs in water sources such as containers holding water. These mosquitoes are most active during the day and require very little water to breed.

Signs of Infestation
Asian tiger mosquito breeding spots can be located near the site where a bite occurs. They may breed near standing puddles, containers or other bodies of water.

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House Mosquito

Appearance
All mosquito species have one pair of scaled wings with a pair of halteres. Mosquitoes have slender bodies with long legs. While their size varies by species, most mosquitoes are smaller than 15 mm in length and weigh less than 2.5 mg.

 

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Behavior, Diet & Habits
Mosquitoes are best known for the habits of the adult females which often feed on blood to help generate their eggs. The lesser-known side is that mosquito adults, males and females, also feed on nectar from flowers. Their immature stages usually are located in standing, preferably stagnant, water. The larvae feed on variety of materials, depending on species. Most consume organic flotsam and tiny aquatic organisms. However, some species are predatory and will consume other mosquitoes. Adult mosquitoes prefer to be most active from dusk until dawn but can become active with sufficient cloud cover or in dark shady areas. They do not prefer to be active in the sunshine since they may desiccate and die.

Mosquitoes or Flies?
Mosquitoes can be confused with flies.
Mosquitoes have long legs, and a long proboscis or “nose” that female mosquitoes use to “bite” people and pets to draw blood, needed to lay eggs. Most flies won’t bite and even long-legged flies are usually much smaller than mosquitoes. Mosquitoes are pesky pests and can spread disease such as West Nile Virus, dengue and malaria. More commonly, though, mosquitoes threaten family events more than health.

Signs of Infestation
Annoying signs of mosquito activity include the buzzing of the females and their bites. People have differing reactions to bites, ranging from mild irritation to intense inflammation and swelling.

Signs of the immatures are their presence in standing water, which also can include watering dishes of containerized house plants.

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Southern Mosquito

Appearance
The Southern Mosquito varies from 3.96 to 4.25 mm in length and exists throughout the tropics and the lower latitudes of temperate regions. This species is found in the southern United States and is present throughout Florida and the Florida Keys.

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Behavior, Diet & Habits
This nighttime-active, opportunistic blood feeder is a vector of many of pathogens, several of which affect humans. Throughout much of the southern U.S., Southern Mosquitoes are the primary vector of St. Louis encephalitis virus (SLEv) and also transmits West Nile virus.

Signs of Infestation
Annoying signs of mosquito activity include the buzzing of the females and their bites. People have differing reactions to bites, ranging from mild irritation to intense inflammation and swelling.

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Yellow Fever Mosquito

Appearance
The adult Yellow Fever Mosquito is a small to medium-sized mosquito, approximately 4 to 7 millimeters. To the unaided eye, adult yellow fever mosquitoes resemble the
Asian tiger mosquito with a slight difference in size and thorax patterns. Aedes aegypti adults have white scales on the dorsal (top) surface of the thorax that form the shape of a violin or lyre, while adult Ae. albopictus have a white stripe down the middle of the top of the thorax. Each tarsal segment of the hind legs possesses white basal bands, forming what appear to be stripes. The abdomen is generally dark brown to black, but also may possess white scales.

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Behavior, Diet & Habits
Yellow Fever Mosquitoes are container-inhabiting mosquitoes; often breeding in unused flowerpots, spare tires, untreated swimming pools, and drainage ditches. They thrive in urbanized areas, in close contact with people making them an exceptionally successful vector.
Aedes aegypti are extremely common in areas lacking piped water systems, and depend greatly on stored water for breeding sites. Male and female adults feed on nectar of plants; however, females bloodfeed primarily on humans in order to produce eggs, and are active in the daytime. Eggs have the ability to survive desiccation for long periods of time, allowing eggs to be easily spread to new locations.

Signs of a Mosquito Infestation
Annoying signs of mosquito activity include the buzzing of the females and their bites. People have differing reactions to bites, ranging from mild irritation to intense inflammation and swelling.