Forget the pandemic and murder hornets, now a new more-dangerous mosquito species from South America is invading South Florida.
“It is known to bite humans and can carry several diseases, including yellow fever, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, and other human pathogens,” explains Joe Malinowski is the Director of Pest Management for Mosquito Authority. “Aedes scapularis is a species of mosquito primarily found in neo-tropical regions of the Americas. Larval specimens were first reported in the Florida Keys in 1945, and in 2020 the species was reported as being endemic in Miami-Dade and Broward counties in Florida. Its habitat was originally associated with forest habitats, but it has become urbanized and is now reported breeding in artificial water containers.”
The new mosquitos pose an even greater threat than other pests because they can potentially carry a variety of deadly diseases which can impact both human and animal health. Plus, the aedes scapularis species actually bites more frequently than typical North American mosquito varieties.
Smithsonian Magazine actually declares this species, “particularly aggressive about biting people,” and “thrives in human environments and enjoys the indoors.” These factors alone make it incredibly easy for disease to spread.
One way to keep the species under relative control for now is to eliminate possible breeding sites around your home such as exterior potted plants, bird baths, clogged gutters, or other potential breeding areas. Also, invest in bug spray containing DEET.