Most people are familiar with the itchy and bothersome mosquito bite. However, these insects can do much more damage than leaving behind an irritating mark. Mosquitos spit as they bite, which allows them to transmit dangerous diseases such as malaria, West Nile, and Zika Virus. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that over 1 million people die as a result of mosquito bites each year. With over 200 different species throughout the United States, these hardy pests are found in nearly every climate of the country.





 Size ⅛” to ⅜”
Characteristics Gray to black; some having white, green, or blue markings.
Legs 6
Antennae Yes
Habitat Mosquitos require stagnant water to reproduce, which makes ponds, lakes, storm drains, and similar areas the perfect place for these pests to thrive.
  • Crepuscular insects, meaning they are most active at dawn and dusk.
  • Capable of transmitting dangerous diseases to humans and pets.
  • Has a long and fragile-looking mouthpart called a proboscis.
Mosquitos in the Pacific North West The World Health Organization estimates that mosquitos pose a greater threat to health than any other animal. These irritating pests can spread dangerous diseases such as the Zika Virus, West Nile, and malaria. Unfortunately, mosquitos can also thrive in almost any environment, from deserts to marshes to extreme elevations. Since mosquitos only require about a half-inch of standing water to reproduce, they are able to spread quickly in most areas of the United States.
Mosquitos Habitat Mosquitos require still or slow-moving water to reproduce, so they are commonly found around marshes, ponds, and lakes. However, since they only need about a half-inch of still water to successfully breed, mosquitos can use almost anything that collects rainwater to repopulate. Around homes, this may mean flower pots, excess water from irrigation systems, or abandoned kiddie pools. One way to prevent mosquito populations from building up near your home is to check your property for any containers that may be collecting water.
Mosquitos Behavior, Threats, and Dangers Most people have experienced an itchy mosquito bite at one point or another in their lives. However, these insects are also capable of spreading serious diseases that can damage human health. Though many infected individuals only experience mild or flu-like symptoms, the World Health Organization estimates that mosquito-related illnesses cause the death of over 1 million people each year. If you notice mosquitos are swarming near your home, it might be a good idea to call a professional mosquito exterminator to protect your family from these dangerous pests.