The salt marsh mosquito (Ochlerotatus taeniorhynchus) is one of forty species of mosquitoes found in Collier County. It does not transmit diseases, but is considered a major biting nuisance in coastal areas. Both male and female salt marsh mosquitoes feed on plant juices, however, the female requires a blood meal to produce eggs. The eggs are laid and develop into larvae in the water, making them an important food source for juvenile fish. Although they have many aquatic predators, the salt marsh mosquito survives in large numbers, making it one of three mosquito species targeted by the Collier Mosquito-Control District.