mid-Missouri Pest Information: Mosquitoes

Mosquito Identification

Although there are not as many mosquito species in mid-Missouri, the 2 remaining species make up for it as they multiply quickly and in large numbers. Mosquitoes are not only a nuisance when they bite, but they can actually transmit diseases as well. The name mosquito comes from the Spanish word for “tiny fly” as these insects not only resemble the fly but are also a close relative. The below information provides details on the two most common mosquitoes found in mid-Missouri.


Photo of a Mosquito

Mosquitoes are gray to black in color with 2 long narrow wings and a long proboscis or beak. They are of concern because of the deadly diseases that they can transmit to humans such as malaria, yellow fever, and West Nile. The use of insect repellants is quite effective in preventing mosquito bites. Mosquito larvae lives in standing water, so emptying or eliminating containers that may hold water around your yard will greatly reduce the number or mosquitoes around the home.

Asian Tiger Mosquito

Photo of a Tiger Mosquito

The Ades or Asian Tiger Mosquito gets its name from the black and white stripes on their legs and bodies. These mosquitoes only bite in the daytime from dawn to dusk and are capable of hosting and transmitting viruses such as: Zika Virus, Yellow Fever Virus, Dengue Fever, and Chikungunya Fever

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