Integrated Pest Management for Mosquitoes

Agricultural Disaster Preparedness and Recovery, Pest Management In and Around Structures April 13, 2016 Print Friendly and PDF

Mosquito adult

Mosquitoes belong to the insect order Diptera, family Culicidae. The Diptera includes true flies, gnats, horseflies, blackflies, midges, crane flies, and others. Approximately 167 species of mosquitoes belonging to 13 genera are found in the United States; of these, 80 species occur in Florida. It is estimated that there are more than 2500 species of mosquitoes worldwide. Mosquitoes can be identified by noting that as all true flies they have only one pair of functional wings (most insects have two), a long, piercing proboscis, and scales on the veins of their wings.

Mosquitoes are some of the most versatile organisms on earth. They can reproduce in virtually any natural or man-made deposit of water, and have been found in mines deep below the surface, in mountain peaks, in highly polluted water bodies, in snow pools, or potholes. 

With the prevalence of West Nile virus, mosquitoes seem to have replaced bed bugs as the most talked about insect recently. West Nile is a virus that is harbored in bird populations and transmitted to mosquitos that feed on birds. West Nile is transmitted to humans when a mosquito carrying the virus bites a human. Many deaths have been attributed to this mosquito-borne virus. Here are some resources to help you, your families, and your schools be prepared.

Although mosquitoes can be annoying and some are serious health threats, they can play an important role in natural communities, particularly as filter feeders in aquatic communities, and as a food source in both aquatic and terrestrial food chains.

Protect Yourself Resources from the CDC 

West Nile Virus and Preventing Mosquito Bites

Mosquito Articles & Action Plans for Schools

Mosquito IPM Action Plan
Mosquito Management
Mosquitoes | General Household Pests

Mosquito Newsletters for Schools

Mosquito 101 (PDF)
Mosquitoes. More than a Nuisance (PDF)
Mosquitoes (PDF)
Mosquito Biology (PDF)
Mosquito Control
 

Interactive Mosquito Activities

Mosquito Safari

Timely Blog Posts

West Nile Virus

Frequently Asked Questions

What are mosquitoes? 
Why are mosquitoes a health problem? 
What is west nile virus and how is it transmitted? 
Will my ornamental ponds increase my mosquito problems?
Will fogging the yard get rid of mosquitoes? 
Are sonic and ultrasonic mosquito repellers effective in mosquito control?
What is Encephalitis and how does it relate to mosquitoes?
What is the best way to treat a flooded area to get rid of mosquitoes?
How can I control mosquitoes in a home garden pool?
I'm concerned about West Nile Virus.
What is the best way to keep from being bitten by mosquitoes?
How do daytime temperatures affect mosquito populations?
What plants can you put in your landscape or garden that help rid the outside of ants and mosquitoes?
Does my dog/cat becoming infected with West Nile Virus pose a risk to the health of my family or other animals?
What can be done around the home to protect families from West Nile virus?
Are there any predators that kill mosquitoes that I can use around my house and garden?
School IPM Action Plan for Mosquitoes 
What are mosquitoes?
Are there any predators that kill mosquitoes that I can use around my house and garden?
Structural and Public Health Pests: Mosquitoes
Why are mosquitoes a health problem?
How can I control mosquitoes in a home garden pool?
General Household Pests: Mosquitoes
How to Bug Proof Your Home: Mosquitoes
Are sonic and ultrasonic mosquito repellers effective in mosquito control?
Will fogging the yard get rid of mosquitoes?
How do daytime temperatures affect mosquito populations?
What is Encephalitis and how does it relate to mosquitoes?
Will my ornamental ponds increase my mosquito problems? 
What is the best way to treat a flooded area to get rid of mosquitoes?
What plants can you put in your landscape or garden that help rid the outside of ants and mosquitoes?
Rift Valley Fever
West Nile Virus in horses

 

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