Most mosquito bites will only result in itching or skin irritation. However, some kinds of mosquitoes found in Massachusetts carry viruses (germs) that can cause illness.
Mosquitoes in Massachusetts
|Mosquito Species Name||When are they most active?||Where do they live and what kind of water do they like?||What types of animals do they bite?||What time of year are they most common?|
|Aedes vexans||Dusk/dawn, night||River floodplains and salt-marshes – temporary flooded areas||Mammals/humans||Summer and early fall|
|Coquillettidia perturbans||Dusk/dawn, night||Woodlands – cat-tail marshes||Birds Mammals/humans||Summer|
|Culex pipiens||Dusk/dawn, night||Urban areas – artificial containers||Birds,
|Summer and early fall|
|Culex restuans||Dusk/dawn, night||Urban areas – natural and artificial containers||Birds,
|Spring, summer and fall|
|Culex salinarius||Dusk/dawn, night||Salt-marshes – brackish and freshwater wetlands||
|Culiseta melanura||Dusk/dawn, night||Woodlands – white cedar and red maple swamps||Birds, occasionally Mammals/humans||Spring and summer|
|Ochlerotatus canadensis||Dusk/dawn, day||Woodlands – woodland pools||Birds Mammals/humans||Late spring through summer|
|Ochlerotatus japonicus||Day||Urban areas – natural and artificial containers||Mammals/humans||Summer through fall|
For information on diseases spread by mosquitoes and how to prevent them: Contact the MDPH, Division of Epidemiology and Immunization at (617) 983-6800 or visit the MDPH Mosquito website.
This web page was developed in conjunction with the State Reclamation and Mosquito Control Board and the Massachusetts Mosquito Control Projects.