Mosquitoes undergo complete metamorphosis during their life cycle: egg, larvae, pupae, and adult.
The first three of these stages are spent in the water.
A mosquito can go from egg to adult mosquito in about 7 days, depending on species and environment.
Each mosquito has its own preferred larval habitat, season, and blood meal hosts.
Some mosquito habitats around your home might include:
There are 23 different species of mosquito that occur in Shasta County:
|Scientific Name||Common Name|
|Aedes bicristatus||Snowpool mosquito|
|Aedes fitchii||Snowpool mosquito|
|Aedes increpitus||Snowpool mosquito|
|Aedes melanimon||Irrigated pasture mosquito|
|Aedes nigromaculis||Irrigated pasture mosquito|
|Aedes sierrensis||Western treehole mosquito|
|Aedes vexans||Inland floodwater mosquito|
|Anopheles franciscanus||No common name|
|Anopheles feeborni||Western malaria mosquito|
|Anopheles occidentalis||No common name|
|Anopheles punctipennis||Woodland malaria mosquito|
|Culex apicalis||No common name|
|Culex boharti||Bohart's mosquito|
|Culex erythrothorax||Tule mosquito|
|Culex pipiens||Northern house mosquito|
|Culex stigmatosoma||Banded foul water mosquito|
|Culex tarsalis||Western encephalitis mosquito|
|Culex territans||No common name|
|Culex thriambus||No common name|
|Culiseta incidens||Cool weather mosquito|
|Culiseta inornata||Large winter mosquito|
|Culiseta particeps||No common name|
|Orthopodomyia signifera||White-lined mosquito|
|Coquillettidia perturbans||Cattail mosquito|
Although not found in Shasta County as of August 2018, two invasive mosquito species are now occupying other parts of California.
|Aedes aegypti||Aedes albopictus|
Statewide efforts are focused on invasive Aedes surveillance and control, speeding up the laboratory testing, new control techniques and outreach to the public regarding invasive Aedes species and new emerging viruses.