NANFA-- Louisiana mosquitoes - seriously

Kenneth Quinn (
Sun, 18 Jan 2004 16:46:02 -0600

Joking aside, the area around New Orleans does have one species that is
humongous - it's in the genus Psorophora and will feed on humans but is not
very efficient - it packs such a wallop that you are immediately aware of
the bite. The entomologist in charge of mosquito control for Orleans Parish
says it is the second largest known mosquito species in the world.

We have about 25 species locally, including ones capable of transmitting
malaria, yellow fever, dengue fever, and of course West Nile. The most
bothersome is the Asian Tiger mosquito, a new import, which bites avidly
even at noon.

Kenneth Quinn
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