There are over 3 thousand different mosquito species in the world, but some of the mosquito species are more common and well known that others. One of these better known mosquito species is also the aedes aegypti mosquito or better known as the yellow fever mosquito.
Although most of the many mosquito species aren’t harmful and don’t transmit diseases that are harmful to humans or animals, the yellow fever mosquito is one species that you should avoid, because it is one of the most common dengue virus transmitting mosquito species. On top of that the yellow fever mosquito also can carry the yellow fever virus and chiungunya virus meaning these mosquitoes are transmitters of three of the most widespread and most dangerous mosquito borne diseases next to malaria.
How do distinguish the yellow fever mosquito from other species of mosquitoes?
It is fairly simple to recognize aedes aegypti mosquito. Even though in size these mosquitoes resemble any other mosquito this species of mosquito have dark colored body with distinctive white, lyre shaped markings on its body. Moreover these mosquitoes also have banded legs with three white colored bandage type markings on each of the six legs which isn’t a common characteristic form mosquitoes so it will help you recognize the yellow fever mosquito and differ it from other species of mosquitoes.
What are some of the characteristics of a yellow fever mosquito?
The yellow fever mosquito is very interesting species of mosquito. These insects are domestic mosquitoes meaning that they prefer to live indoors and near people, because these species mosquito females prefer to get their necessary protein from human not animal blood. You will mainly find these mosquitoes in cool and shaded places of your indoors space, for example under your furniture or in your closet.
On top of that these yellow fever mosquitoes are most active during the day not during sunrise or sunset hours like most other mosquito species, making them quicker than other mosquitoes. They tend to dart back and forth to avoid capture and zero in of their target in the last minute. And because their bite often is painless, you won’t notice it until it’s too late and the mosquito have already left multiple bites on your feet and ankles that are the most common places where the yellow fever mosquitoes bite. So you could say that this species of mosquito is definitely not the common mosquito.
Where can we encounter yellow fever mosquitoes?
Although the yellow fever mosquitoes originally are from Africa, nowadays they can be found in many different regions. Because these mosquitoes prefer tropical and subtropical climates, they can be found in places with these specifications. For example nowadays yellow fever mosquitoes are found all over central and south regions of Africa, in North and East regions of South America, south regions of North America, in South Asia, Southeast Asia regions and in East parts of Australia, so these mosquitoes are very widespread to say the least.
As these mosquitoes breed in stored standing water they will be more frequent in areas where there are a lot of this type of water, for example a lot of water storage containers, old tires, pottery plants, old tin cans, fountains, birdbaths and other type of water containers. And because yellow fever mosquitoes not only can survive long periods of time, but also can travel a long distances, they are able to lay eggs in many different areas even far from their original home which complicates their extermination.
So how to control the yellow fever mosquitoes and protect ourselves from them?
It can be done in three simple steps. First you need to eliminate all places that the mosquitoes could use as breeding grounds to prevent them for further breeding. You can dump all standing water you have in your area or if that is not possible you can also place mosquito dunks in standing water. The second thing you can do is you can use mosquito foggers to kill all mosquitoes in your area preventing them from entering your area. And thirdly you can also use mosquito repellent to protect yourself from mosquito bites and from catching one of the many diseases these mosquitoes can be carrying.