Roughly half the mosquitoes in North America are part of the Aedes genus. Aedes mosquitoes are capable of carrying disease, such as West Nile, Zika, Eastern equine encephalitis (EEE or Triple E), LaCrosse encephalitis, dengue, yellow fever, chikungunya and others. The Aedes genus includes Aedes aegypti (yellow fever mosquito), Aedes albopictus (Asian tiger mosquito), Aedes triseriatus (American tree-hold mosquito), Aedes sollicitans (eastern salt marsh mosquito) and Aedes taeniorhynchus (black salt marsh mosquito).
These dangerous fliers are found in the southeastern U.S. from Texas to Florida, and north from Iowa to New Jersey; as well as parts of New Mexico, Arizona, California, Hawaii and Puerto Rico.
Aedes genus mosquitoes are most frequently found in tropical and subtropical zones.
Unlike most other mosquitoes, they are active and bite only during the daytime. The peak biting periods are early in the morning and in the evening before dusk.
- Aedes mosquitoes are visually distinctive because they have noticeable black and white markings on their body and legs.