Mosquito Biology

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.

Mosquito Lifecycle

Mosquito Habitats

Each mosquito has its own preferred larval habitat, season, and blood meal hosts.

Some mosquito habitats around your home might include:

Backyard Sources

Local Mosquitoes

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

Invasive Mosquitoes

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

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.