A deep understanding of mosquito oviposition has already helped in the development of new mosquito surveillance and control strategies in Miami and in South Florida to accurately monitor populations and to better control these insects, which are associated with certain diseases. Aedes fulvus pallens is relatively rare but may be found throughout the southeastern united states, excluding the appalachian mountains. West to Oklahoma and Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana. Florida, have almost disappeared as their preferred oviposition sites in the forest have been cleared, paved, and developed. The mosquitoes will always be with us. They can be flexible enough to adapt to the blood supply and to the oviposit in the habitats associated with our homes, cities, industrial centers, and agricultural lands.

History of Aedes (Ochlerotatus) fulvus pallens

Aedes (Ochlerotatus) fulvus pallens was first described by Ross in 1943, as a large golden-orange and black mosquito, However, Barret (1919) reported that the larvae of this species are brown and rest horizontally in the water.

Lifecycle Aedes (Ochlerotatus) fulvus pallens

The cycle from egg to adult is completed in optimal conditions of temperature and feeding, in 10 days. Presents a survival of approximately 30 days. The eggs are deposited directly on the surface of water, Oviposit at the water / air interface, and usually hatch within 48 h.

The eggs are laid. individually, in small groups or in rafts that contain up to several hundred eggs. Most of each posture (up to 500 eggs per female) is fast hatching.

Delayed eggs are usually deposited alone or in small groups, are resistant to drought, survive for long periods outside the water, hatch shortly after re-flooding.  Aedes fulvus pallens requires heavy rains to hatch in large numbers. Typically considered a coastal plain-woodland species, it easily survives in the piedmont at elevations up to 1,000 feet (305 m).

The larvae are quite large when they mature. The mushrooms of the head are variable in size and branching. The siphon is short and sturdy. The large, branched mushroom of the siphon rises over the pecten, which has teeth separated from the other teeth, and reaches almost to the tip of the siphon. The saddle surrounds the anal segment. The comb is a large patch of 25 or more scales. The larvae of this species are generally rare, they are found in temporary depressions of rainwater.

The Pupa Aedes fulvus pallens

It presents dark coloration, aspect of coma, with 2 segments: cephalothorax and abdomen. It’s mobile, it does not feed.

Between 82.4ºF and 89.6ºC it completes its development until adult emergence in 1 to 3 days.

Extreme variations in temperature can delay this period.

AdultAedes fulvus pallens

Adults are large and bright yellow and black. The legs, the proboscis and the palms are yellow with black tips. Two large dark spots covered with black scales adorn the escutum, otherwise yellow. The wings are dark scales. Women will easily bite humans, however, they are rarely found in large numbers. They feed mainly on mammals in the wild, including rabbits, armadillos, deer and rodents.

Aedes (Ochlerotatus) fulvus pallens

Host preference: mammals including humans, anthropophilic.

Larval habitat: temporary forest pools, peridomestic.

Hatcheries: puddles, tanks, tires, various disposable containers, preferably dark in color, old batteries, containers of all kinds, bottles, vases, pools, holes, cavities of trees and rocks.

Flight range: Aedes (Ochlerotatus) fulvus pallens is capable of long flights from 2 to 5 miles

Biting activity: bites at night, sunset, sunrise.

Winter stage: egg

Broods per year: multiple.

Diagnostic description:

• medium to large sized mosquito

• Palpi and proboscis yellow with black tips.

• Scutum yellow with two large dark spots.

• yellow flake wing

• Hindu Tarsus segments 2-5 mainly dark with yellow

interspersed scales; hindtarsus 1 entirely yellow

• pointed abdomen

• abdomen of yellow scales with dark apical bands that

sharpen laterally

Associated disease: little, if any, role in the transmission. It is not ruled out as a vector agent in diseases such as dengue, zika, yellow fever. And in diseases of animals such as Bancroftian filariasis.

Biting: Considered a fierce biter, but not often found; A bright yellow and black species.


Control and Management ofAedes (Ochlerotatus) fulvus pallens

Many of the containers where the mosquito breeds are not useful (cans, bottles, tires, pieces of plastic and canvas, cut drums). Therefore, you must eliminate them and prevent them from accumulating in your home.
Avoid accumulating water, turning them over (buckets, basins, drums) or changing the water and brushing them frequently (pet water troughs).
Eliminating all disused containers that may accumulate water (such as cans, bottles, tires).
By turning the objects that are on the outside and can accumulate water when it rains (buckets, basins, drums).
Changing the water of animal drinkers, collectors of air conditioning or rain drains, inside and outside the house, every 3 days.
Cleaning gutters and rain drains from roofs.
Covering the tanks and containers that are used to collect water.
Always using repellents carefully following the package recommendations.
Wearing light clothing that covers the arms and legs, especially during outdoor activities.
Placing mosquito nets on doors and windows, and when possible use fans or air conditioning in the rooms.
Protecting cribs and baby strollers with mosquito nets.

Products to Control Adult, Egg and Larvae of Aedes (Ochlerotatus) fulvus pallens

In2Care Mosquito trap juvenile hormone analogs pyriproxyfen, beauveria bassiana strain gha, and Brewers yeast

ATSB Atractant Sugar Baits

Biological larvicides includes products containing Bacillus thuringiensis var. israelensis, spinosad, beauveria bassiana strain gha

Insect growth regulators Juvenile hormone analogs (S-Methoprene, pyriproxyfen), chitin synthesis inhibitors (Novaluron)

Use of microencapsulated pyrethroids Deltametrhin, lambda-Cyhalothrin, Esfenvalerate, beta-Cyfluthrin.