Container breeding mosquitoes

Container mosquitoes are those that develop in a variety of water-holding containers, both natural and artificial.

Examples of natural containers include tree holes, bromeliad leaf axils, and bamboo trunks.

Artificial containers include a variety of man-made receptacles such as discarded tires, cans, flower pots, bird baths, pet dishes, and many, many others.

There are about 13 species of container mosquitoes in Florida alone, two of which are the main potential vectors for diseases.

Many of these are important vectors of pathogens that can cause disease in humans and companion animals, and others are severe nuisance species.

For most of the more dangerous diseases there are currently no vaccines available and/or preventive medicines and, accordingly to all major health organizations, prevention is the only possible cure.

The major container species are:

  • Aedes aegypti - also called yellow fever mosquito.
    Common container mosquito that will feed during the daytime indoors and out. Common in urban and suburban areas.
    Can transmit Zika, yellow fever, dengue, and chikungunya viruses and dog-heartworm.
  • Aedes albopictus - also called Asian tiger mosquito.
    Similar habitat requirements as the yellow fever mosquito, although may be more common in suburban and rural areas. This exotic, invasive species can now be found almost in the entire US. Can transmit Zika, yellow fever, dengue, and chikungunya viruses and dog-heartworm