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What Do Mosquitoes Look Like?

Although over 3,000 species of mosquitoes exist, they all look quite similar. These are some qualities to identify mosquitoes by:

  • Adult mosquitoes are about ¼ – ½ of an inch long and don’t weigh more than 2.5 mg.
  • In the U.S., mosquitoes are usually brown or gray in color. They often have white stripes and iridescent scales. 
  • All mosquitoes have slender, hunched bodies, two long wings, and long legs.
  • Mosquitoes have a long proboscis that they use to feed on blood and nectar. 
What do mosquitoes look like? - The Hitmen Termite & Pest Control in the North & East Bay Area CA

Are You Sure It’s A Mosquito?

Mosquitoes are easily confused for other kinds of flying pests. However, they have two particular characterizing features: their needle-like proboscis and their scale-covered wings. Mosquitoes can be much smaller than you would imagine, making many people confuse larger insects for them. In general, you can tell apart mosquitoes by looking at their behavior.

What Bugs Can Appear to Be Mosquitoes?

We often hear people mistake a crane fly, gnat, midge, or mayfly as a mosquito. Here’s how these pests are different from mosquitoes:

  1. Crane flies: Also known as mosquito hawks, these bugs look like giant mosquitoes, sometimes over double their size. They do not bite.
  2. Mayflies: Mayfly wings are larger and slant upward. They do not bite or sting and do not have a proboscis.
  3. Midges and gnats: Although they are related to mosquitoes, midges and gnats rarely bite and do not pass on diseases. They move in huge swarms, unlike mosquitoes.

Which Mosquito Species are Found in the North and East Bay?

There are an estimated 150 species of mosquitoes that can be found in the United States. There are many types living in the North and East Bay, but the Aedes and Anopheles are the most likely to spread diseases. To help identify the kinds of mosquitoes around your home, it’s best to hire a professional mosquito exterminator.