Several different species of mosquitoes may be a threat for spreading Zika and West Nile virus in Virginia. Two species of concern are the Northern House mosquito - Culex pipiens
- (West Nile) and the Asian tiger mosquito - Aedes albopictus
- (Zika and West Nile). The Northern House mosquito feeds mostly on birds, but will also bite people.
This type of mosquito breeds in polluted water and artificial containers often found near homes or in urban settings. They enter homes and feed at night in the dark when people are sleeping. The Asian tiger mosquito (Aedes albopictus) breeds in containers, bites both birds and people, and can be found around and inside the home. The Asian tiger mosquito, which bites during the daytime, also is very common in Virginia.
Learn how to reduce the mosquitoes population in you area and prevent
West Nile and Zika virus.