While ants can certainly ruin your picnic by going after your food, mosquitoes make things worse by making YOU their food. Mosquitoes are best known for the habits of the adult females which often feed on blood to help generate their eggs. 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.
Aquatic habitats abound in our state, making it home to dozens of mosquito pest species. There are currently 80 species of mosquitoes known to occur or have been identified from various collections in Florida, more than any other state. Mosquitoes are attracted to moisture, heat and certain smells, like perfumes, scented soaps and lotions. Their bites can cause allergic reactions and transmit diseases, like West Nile virus. Asian tiger and yellow fever mosquitoes, which are commonly found in the Southeast, can spread the chikungunya virus.
The Zika virus is spread by mosquitoes of the Aedes genus, which can breed in a pool of water as small as a bottle cap and usually bite in daytime. The yellow fever mosquito, Aedes aegypti, takes several bites for each blood meal and prefers biting people; it accounts for most Zika infections. This mosquito is common in the United States typically only in Florida and along the Gulf Coast, although it has been found as far north as Connecticut in hot weather.
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