Mosquitoes are ubiquitous across the globe, with the exception of Antarctica. In regions ranging from the Arctic to the subtropics, more than 3,000 species of mosquitoes have been identified, grouped into 39 distinct genera.
In North America and Mexico, one can find approximately 174 mosquito species. These various mosquito types exhibit diverse feeding and breeding habits. The four most prevalent mosquito species in the United States and Canada are the house mosquito (Culex), the southern house mosquito, the Asian tiger mosquito, and the yellow fever mosquito.
Among the commonly encountered mosquito species in Canada, the house mosquito stands out. This group includes species such as Culex pipiens and Culex restuans Theobald.
Culex pipiens is most frequently observed in the northern regions of the United States and Canada. These mosquitoes have a pale brown color with distinctive white stripes and typically breed in stagnant, polluted water. Common breeding sites for Culex pipiens include storm drains, birdbaths, pet dishes, and old tires. Female mosquitoes from this species can lay anywhere from 50 to 400 eggs in one instance. Typically, it takes 10 to 14 days for these eggs to hatch, although the duration may vary depending on prevailing weather conditions. A similar species in both appearance and behavior, Culex restuans, is more prevalent in the eastern and central regions of the U.S. and Canada.
Both these mosquito species have the potential to transmit various viruses and parasites to humans. For your pest control needs in Edmonton, consider Classic Pest Control.