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There are more than 3,000 types of mosquitoes worldwide, and most of them look exactly alike. Mosquitoes have the following characteristics:
Most people have confused mosquitoes for other insects and vice versa. However, they have two unique body parts that distinguish them from other bugs: scale-covered wings that give them a fringe-like appearance, and their beak-like proboscis that enables them to suck blood. Mosquitoes are oftentimes smaller than you think, which is why people often confuse much larger bugs for these blood-suckers. To better identify a mosquito, look at the behaviors they exhibit.
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Most people have confused other bugs or insects for mosquitoes. The most common insects mistaken for mosquitoes are:
There are about 150 species of mosquitoes found nationwide. There are many species found in Texas, but the Aedes aegypti, Culex, and Aedes albopictus are the most dangerous ones as they are known to spread diseases. To help identify what type of mosquito you are dealing with, it’s best to enlist the help of a professional mosquito exterminator.