Aedes spp

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Adult Aedes spp mosquito

Aedes spp are a parasitic mosquito found worldwide.

Species of Aedes which are pathogenic to cattle include:

  • Aedes aegypti[1]
  • Aedes dorsalis
  • Aedes mcintoshi
  • Aedes ochraceus
  • Aedes scapularis[2]
  • Aedes campestris[3]

These mosquitoes are primarily a 'worry' to cattle, causing skin rashes, but may also transmit arboviruses such as Rift Valley fever[4] and Tahyna virus[5]. The mosquito has a predilection for moist environments and is commonly found near rice farms in the USA[6].

Treatment is relatively effective with most insecticides, although resistance to older chemicals is common. The use of avermectin-based drugs has proven effective at population control of this insect in cattle herds.


  1. Siriyasatien P et al (2010) Identification of blood meal of field caught Aedes aegypti (L.) by multiplex PCR. Southeast Asian J Trop Med Public Health 41(1):43-47
  2. Lorosa ES et al (2010) Blood meal identification of selected mosquitoes in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. J Am Mosq Control Assoc 26(1):18-23
  3. Lysyk TJ (2010) Species abundance and seasonal activity of mosquitoes on cattle facilities in southern Alberta, Canada. J Med Entomol 47(1):32-42
  4. Tchouassi DP et al (2012) Trapping of Rift Valley Fever (RVF) vectors using Light Emitting Diode (LED) CDC traps in two arboviral disease hot spots in Kenya. Parasit Vectors 5:94
  5. Li WJ et al (2010) Mosquitoes and mosquito-borne arboviruses in the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau--focused on the Qinghai area, China. Am J Trop Med Hyg 82(4):705-711
  6. Merck Vet Manual