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How Many Species of Mosquitoes Live in Florida?

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Around 3,500 mosquito species exist worldwide, all belonging to the taxonomic family Culicidae. These two-winged flies can be found in all kinds of climates, including tropical, temperate and cool. As their larvae are aquatic, these creatures can often be found close to standing water, but certain species are more likely to venture into the home.

Mosquitos in Florida

Of the 3,500 existing mosquito species, 200 can be found in the United States and roughly 80 of those live in Florida. The majority of species in the state are simply nuisance pests who can give you can annoying, itchy bite. However, certain species in Florida can carry serious diseases. For instance, Culex quinquefasciatus often carries the encephalitis virus and Culex tarsalis can spread west Nile virus. Luckily, these species are less inclined to bite humans than those species that are potentially less harmful. Different mosquitoes tend to populate different areas of Florida, but among the most common in the state are Aedes albopictus and Psorophora ciliata.