Types of mosquitoes in South Africa

  • Anopheles mosquito
  • Aedes mosquito
  • Culex mosquito

Diseases carried

Diseases transmitted by mosquitoes include: malaria, dengue, West Nile virus, chikungunya, yellow fever, filariasis, Japanese encephalitis, Saint Louis encephalitis, Western equine encephalitis, Eastern equine encephalitis, Venezuelan equine encephalitis, La Crosse encephalitis and Zika fever.

Did you know?

  • Mosquitoes are the deadliest animals on Earth, because they carry a number of deadly diseases such as malaria, dengue fever, yellow fever, and encephalitis.
  • There are more than 3 500 species of mosquitoes.
  • Only females bite humans and animals, males feed on flower nectar.
  • Mosquitoes can fly up to 1.5 miles per hour, and their wings beat 300-600 times per second.
  • Mosquitoes can detect carbon dioxide from 75 feet away.
  • Mosquitoes don’t have teeth; they have a long, pointed mouthpart called a proboscis.
  • Mosquitoes can drink up to three times its weight.
  • The average lifespan of a mosquito is less than two months.