The impact that mosquitoes have on humans is enormous. They are responsible for transmitting several diseases, including malaria, dengue, yellow fever, dog heart worm, West Nile Virus, Chikungunya, and Zika. In the Bay Area, West Nile Virus poses the greatest risk. In addition to the threat of disease, mosquitoes are a biting nuisance, and can cause unpleasant allergic reactions.

We no longer provide mosquito related services to the City of Albany. All residents need to contact the Alameda County Mosquito Abatement District at (510) 783-7744.

Mosquitoes have distinct immature and mature stages. The immature stages are found in water and are referred to as larvae and pupae. Larvae have thin wormlike bodies with a noticeable head, and range in size from 1/16” – 3/4”, depending on age. They are commonly referred to as “wrigglers” because of the way they move through the water. Pupae have a comma-shape, and are referred to as “tumblers”.

Adult mosquitoes are delicate 2-winged flies. They have a slender body with scaled wings and possess a long slender proboscis, the structure used for piercing skin and sucking blood. They vary in size, but generally are less than 1” in length.

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A Guide to Mosquitoes

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