Actual Size: ⅛ to ⅜”

Characteristics: Gray to black; some having white, green, or blue markings.

Legs: 6

Antennae: Yes

Wings: Yes

Habitat: Found in nearly every climate throughout the world, and only requires a half-inch of still water to breed. Often found in areas with lots of stagnant water.


  • Crepuscular insects, meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk.
  • Only female mosquitoes drink blood, which they need to lay eggs.
  • Capable of transmitting dangerous diseases like malaria and Zika Virus.


Mosquitoes in your area

Most people have experienced the itchy and irritating bites that mosquitoes are famous for. However, according to the World Health Organization (WHO), these pests are actually responsible for over 1 million deaths each year. These blood-sucking parasites can carry and transmit many harmful diseases, such as malaria, Zika Virus, and West Nile. With about 200 species of mosquitoes found in the United States alone, these insects are a worldwide problem.

Mosquito Habitat

Mosquitoes can thrive in a wide variety of climates, ranging from desert areas to beaches to elevations over 10,000 feet. All that mosquitoes require to survive is about a half-inch of stagnant water, which they use to breed. In residential areas, these pests often reproduce using rainwater that is collected in regular yard items, like buckets, flower pots, and kiddie pools. To avoid these pests, homeowners should regularly check their property for anything that could be collecting rainwater and providing a space for mosquitoes to lay their eggs.

Mosquito Behaviors, Threats, or Dangers

Mosquitoes typically need to feast before producing eggs, which causes them to bite humans and animals. For the most part, these bites only result in a small itchy welt. While these alone can be irritating, mosquitoes actually pose a much more serious threat to health because they can spread harmful diseases. It is estimated that malaria alone impacts 200 million individuals per year, resulting in over half a million deaths annually. Eliminating these pests can keep your family safe from painful or itchy bites, and from potentially fatal diseases. If you are encountering a large number of mosquitoes near your home, it is important to contact a professional mosquito exterminator for exclusion and control services.