Aedes Aegypti Mosquito

800px Aedes aegypti 1Aedes Aegypti mosquito is recognized by the white markings it has on its legs and marking that looks like a lyre on its upper thorax surface. This mosquito originates from Africa, but is now can be found in subtropical and tropical regions across the world. The females can measure 1.67 to 3.83 mm in length, especially in Peruvian habitat.

This mosquito is responsible for the transmission of dengue fever, yellow fever, Chikungunya and Zika. It is actually believed to be the only mosquito that can spread the Zika virus that has become rampant in some parts of the world. However, the mosquitoes do not naturally carry the viruses but acquire from infected people before transmitting them to others through bites. It is also important to note that the female mosquitoes are the only ones that bite because they need blood meals for egg production.

Habits

The Aedes Aegypti mosquito is a domestic mosquito that loves living indoors near people. It rests where there are cool shades in the house such as laundry areas, wardrobes and even under furniture. They mosquitoes can be hard to catch because they dart back and forth very quickly. They often bite ankles and feet and can do it repeatedly and even though the bites are painless, you might notice when you are being bitten. Most people pass the bites for midges and sandflies bites.

This mosquito feeds during the day and has higher activities few hours after sunrise and right before sunset, but it generally can bite throughout the day. This means, therefore that using mosquito bed nets will do little to reduce the transmission of diseases. It loves areas where people gather in numbers and will therefore be more common near and around workplaces, schools and homes. Because one infected mosquito can bite several people in minutes, infection rates are quite high.

Breeding

Aedes Aegypti mosquito loves breeding in containers that have settled water. They are most common in flower pots, drums and tires that easily collect water around homes or schools and other areas in the neighborhood. The females can produce as many as 100 to 200 eggs for every batch and the eggs survive long periods in their dry state; they can survive for as long as an year in this state. The adults have a lifespan that extends from two weeks all the way to a month.

Control

Just like dealing with any other mosquito, getting rid of breeding sites is the way to go for the Aedes Aegypti mosquito. Keep a close eye on water filled containers and empty the containers or get rid of them all together. You can also handle the mosquitoes, but tightly covering the containers or drums that you need or turning them over so they do not collect any water.

Because tree cavities and holes can create good breeding sites for the mosquito, you should consider filling them with sand or soil so that you minimize the possible collection of water and damp conditions that can support breeding. Any leaking pipes and faucets should also be repaired.

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