Biting Insect Library - Mosquito Magnet

Biting Insect Library

Mosquitoes aren't the only biting insects that annoy humans and animals. Biting insects also include black flies and no-see-ums, sometimes referred to as biting midges. Although non-biting midges do not bite, they can result in the death of livestock and other animals. Learn more about mosquitoes and other biting insects below. By learning about mosquitoes and other biting insects, you can see why developing effective mosquito control systems is so important.


Known as the "Yellow Fever Mosquito," Aedes aegypti is the main vector, or carrier, of Dengue Fever and Yellow Fever in certain regions of North, Central, and South America.

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The Anopheles mosquito is known universally as the Malaria Mosquito because it is considered the primary vector of the disease. It is also considered a transmitter of heartworm in dogs.

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The Asian Tiger mosquito is a vector (carrier) of Dengue Fever, and a potential carrier of Yellow Fever, encephalitis, and heartworm in pets. It is believed to have been brought into the U.S. via shipments of old tires from Asia.

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Culex pipiens is commonly referred to as the House Mosquito. It is the main vector, or carrier, of St. Louis Encephalitis, West Nile Virus, Western Equine Encephalitis, Heartworm in dogs, and bird malaria.

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Black files, also known as “buffalo gnats” or “turkey gnats” can be quite annoying to people and mammals. It is only the female Black Fly who bites since she requires blood for the development of her eggs.

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Non-Biting Midges, commonly called simply “gnats,” are often mistaken for mosquitoes by their appearance. They fly in great swarms for the purpose of mating. Midges are found in every continent of the world.

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No-See-Ums are also referred to as Biting Midges, Biting Gnats, Punkies or Sand Flies. Besides causing painful bites, they can also be vectors of diseases, particularly in tropical regions.

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