Two New Virus Carrying Mosquitoes Discovered in Florida

An Agricultural Sciences Entomologist at the University of Florida discovered two non-native mosquito species in Florida, which makes nine non-native species found in Florida this decade.

These mosquitoes are of concern as they spread diseases that can be traumatic.

Nathan Burkett-Cadena, a UF/IFAS assistant professor of entomology at the UF/IFAS Florida Medical Entomology Laboratory states his corner by saying, “These two species are known to transmit pathogens that affect human and animal health.”

Burkett-Cadena found these mosquito species (Aedeomyia Squamipennis and Culex Panocossa) in Florida City and Homestead, both of which are in south Miami-Dade County.

He and Erik Blosser, a post-doctoral researcher at the FMEL, were in Southern Florida to collect a native mosquito (Culex Cedecei), to investigate its biology and ecology, when they noticed the two-non-native species.

Although the new species were found in South Florida, it is very likely they will spread to Northern Florida and perhaps neighboring states because of widespread, suitable larval habitat, particularly water lettuce, Burkett-Cadena claims.

You never know what kind of mosquito you can be around as even non-native species are finding new territories.

It’s important now more than every to use an EPA registered, IR 3535 based Insect Repellent product to avoid being bitten by harmful insects, such as these.

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