Yellow Fever Mosquitoes

There are 3,000+ different mosquito species in the world and some of these are more common than others. One of these more well-known mosquito species is Aedes aegypti, also known as the yellow fever mosquito.

Most mosquito species aren’t harmful and don’t transmit diseases that are harmful to humans or animals. But the yellow fever mosquito is one species that you should avoid. It’s one of the most common mosquito species that carries and transmits dengue fever.

On top of that, Aedes aegypti can also carry yellow fever and the chikungunya virus. This means that these mosquitoes are transmitters of three of the most widespread and dangerous mosquito-borne diseases after malaria.

Distinguishing Features

It’s fairly simple to recognize the Aedes aegypti mosquito. Even though these mosquitoes resemble other mosquitoes in size, they have a dark body with distinctive white, lyre-shaped markings.

Also, these mosquitoes have three white, bandage-like markings on each of their six legs. Since this isn’t a common characteristic in mosquitoes, it will definitely help you identify the yellow fever mosquito.

Yellow fever mosquito

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Characteristics

The yellow fever mosquito is a very interesting species. These insects are domestic mosquitoes. This means that they like to live indoors and near people.

The female mosquitoes prefer to get the proteins they need to lay their eggs from human blood, not from other animals. You can even find these mosquitoes indoors, usually in the cool, shaded corners like under your furniture or in closets.

Most other mosquito species are most active at dusk or dawn, but yellow fever mosquitoes are active during the day as well.

They tend to dart back and forth to avoid capture and zero in on their target at the last minute. Because their bite often is painless, you won’t notice it until it’s too late. The mosquito will already have left multiple bites on your feet and ankles before fleeing the scene since these are the most common places for yellow fever mosquitoes to bite. So, we could say that this species of mosquito is definitely unlike the rest.

Location

Although yellow fever mosquitoes are originally from Africa, they can now be found in many different regions.

These mosquitoes prefer tropical and subtropical climates and can be found in places with these specifications. For example, nowadays, yellow fever mosquitoes can be found on almost every continent including:

  • all over central and southern Africa,
  • the northern and eastern regions of South America,
  • the southern regions of North America,
  • southern Asia, and
  • northern Australia.

These mosquitoes are very widespread, to say the least.

As these mosquitoes breed in standing water, they’ll be more common in areas with a lot of still water. These areas include water storage containers, old tires, potted plants, old tin cans, fountains, birdbaths, and other water containers.

Yellow fever mosquitoes can survive long periods of time and can also travel long distances. This means they can lay eggs in many different areas, even far from their original home, which complicates their extermination.

Yellow Fever Mosquito Control

Protecting yourself from these mosquitoes can be done in three simple steps.

  1. First, you need to eliminate all places the mosquitoes could use as breeding grounds. This will keep them from breeding further. You can dump all standing water, or if that isn’t possible, you could also use mosquito dunks.
  2. Second, you can use mosquito foggers to kill all mosquitoes in your area and stop them from entering in the first place.
  3. Third, you can also use mosquito repellent to protect yourself from mosquito bites. If you don’t get bitten, you can’t catch one of the many diseases these mosquitoes can be carrying.

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