Our resident mosquito expert, Mary Duggan, answers some FAQ regarding disease-carrying mosquitos.
How many mosquitoes carry disease?
This question is similar to asking how many people at school have a cold. It can vary day to day and season to season. The MA Dept. of Public Health publishes
on human diseases found in the mosquito population.
Can any mosquito carry disease?
Some species carry disease better than others. A few human diseases are associated with very specific mosquito species. That information helps with surveillance and tracking but in general you should avoid all mosquitoes when a disease is detected in your area. The public health office is given a disease update every week from the state laboratory.
What mosquitos do I have in my area?
Mosquito species have their own likes and dislikes. Sunlight, dusk, and night dwellers are common differences in mosquito types. Animal types they like to bit can vary. The environment and time of year are also factors. Most of the common mosquitoes are dusk biters, like to live near birds and people, and fly a limited distance from birth to death.