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Mosquitoes, West Nile, and Other Encephalitis Viruses: What You Can Do To Protect Yourself

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Publication Number: P2530
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Adult female Psorophora mosquito rests on a human arm.
Adult female Psorophora mosquito, a vicious mosquito in Mississippi (Photo courtesy Dr. Blake Layton, MSU Extension).

Mississippi has 60 species of mosquitoes, but only five or six of them are significant pests. Most are relatively rare and associated with a narrow host range or unusual ecological niche. For example, some species feed only on frogs, so they have little or no interaction with humans, and others live only in certain pitcher plants along the Gulf Coast. The major pest mosquitoes in Mississippi are those that breed in high numbers and are important because of nuisance biting and/or disease transmission. Download the PDF above to learn more.


Department: Biochemistry, Molecular Biology, Entomology and Plant Pathology
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