12 endemic and 3 introduced
Does NZ have NATIVE mosquitoes?
MCSNZ staff use duel-cab utes for land transport and often tow a quad-bike to move efficiently across properties. Staff wear a tee shirt with the MCS logo & carry our business cards. If you need to contact us for any questions please phone our head office
How can you IDENTIFY us?
How long does a mosquito live for?
It depends greatly on weather conditions. During hot dry weather, adult mosquitoes may live for only a few days before they dry out and die. In cooler, wet conditions mosquitoes may live for several weeks
HOW LONG does a mosquito LIVE?
LOOKING FOR MOSQUITOES
Mosquito habitat can often be on private land, especially farms. We like to keep in contact with land owners and managers to let them know what we are doing and what results we are seeing, so chances are you will already have been in touch with us. If you have any queries please contact our head office.
Landowners- WHAT ARE WE DOING on YOUR LAND?
Australian Southern Saltmarsh Mosquito Aedes camptorhynchus was discovered in Hawkes Bay in 1998. A world-first saltmarsh modsquito eradication programme followed & the species was declared eradicated in 2010. Monitoring continues.
Have we HAD EXOTIC mosquitoes establish in NZ BEFORE?
We are looking mostly for exotic mosquito species as the mosquitoes endemic to New Zealand (Found nowhere else), or ones previously introduced and now native, are not responsible for disease transmission
Do the mosquitoes we have IN NZ NOW carry DISEASE?
They only transmit viruses that infect both mosquitoes and people simultaneously. These include Ross River, Barmah forest, dengue and chikingunya viruses. There are also non-viral diseases transmitted by mosquitoes such as Malaria.
Mosquitoes don’t transmit viruses such as cold, flu, aids or hepatitis. *
What DISEASES do the MOSQUITOES carry??
All mosquitoes need water to complete their breeding cycle so we concentrate our search near various water sources.
We cover a lot of ground as the habitat requirements of each exotic species can vary greatly.
For example, SALTMARSH MOSQUITOES will require very different conditions to CONTAINER BREEDERS
WHERE do we LOOK for mosquitoes?
Generally, disease spreading mosquitoes are also a significant nuisance to humans and livestock from painful biting attack as they require a blood meal for each batch of eggs the female will ever produce.
In 1998, when exotic mosquito Aedes camptorhynchus invaded a Hawkes Bay farm, several workers walked off the job due to nuisance mosquitoes viciously biting them.
We sample for mosquito larvae by walking through the breeding habitat and taking dips of water in a long-handled ladle, looking carefully for mosquito wrigglers.
We also set traps that attract the adult mosquitoes from a wider area.
HOW do we FIND them??
We target a range of mosquitoes known to be important for transmission of diseases such as Ross River virus and Barmah Forest virus. Examples include Australian salt-marsh mosquitoes (Southern Salt-marsh Mosquito: Aedes camptorhynchus and its northern cousin: Aedes vigilax) and freshwater breeding species including Culex annulirostris.
WHICH MOSQUITOES are we most CONCERNED about?
TO PROTECT YOU
It benefits everyone if exotic mosquitoes are detected early. The sooner they can be found, the sooner they can be wiped out.
New Zealanders have not generally been exposed to the diseases carried by mosquitoes, and therefore have no natural resistance. The best way to protect you and your family, friends, workmates, domestic stock, and native wildlife from disease spread by exotic mosquitoes is to prevent the mosquitoes establishing here.
WHY do we need to LOOK for mosquitoes?
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