The species that carries Zika, A. aegypti, is unlikely to be found in New York. However, the related species A. albopictus is prevalent and quite concerning. So this question is focusing on A. albopictus (if I may editorialize I would suggest leaving the title closer to the real question of interest, and disambiguating the species as the first step in resolving it).
Zika virus is transmitted to people primarily through the bite of an infected Aedes species mosquito (A. aegypti and A. albopictus).
I understand New York has IIRC the aegypti species and Zika has appeared.
My apartment gets mosquitos rather randomly every couple months. Understandably I want to figure out how much effort I should put into preventing or getting rid of them. I can describe their behavior here and maybe that's enough information. If not, do I need to get out a magnifying glass or sequence DNA? (Which I did once in college but I wasn't very good at it).
- I get "bursts" of them at random times in the year - more in the warm months but also in November. We had a warm winter but this still surprised me.
- They seem to bite me at night but I've never had a mosquito bite on me. I've had mosquito bites from being bitten by mosquitos before, so unless I've developed a resistance to that in the last few years, that's strange.
- I haven't found any evidence of standing water nearby. They don't hover around my sinks or toilets. I read once the Zika carrying strain is on the hardy side and can live off of moisture in walls so this is troubling.
If you're curious my preferred life hack is keeping my living room slightly warmer than my bedroom. And also, you know, killing all of them.
So, are these behavior traits useful? Can I identify them as opposed to other New York inhabiting mosquitos? Is a DNA test necessary?