It’s almost that time of the year, where you get to enjoy evening dips, toast marshmallows, or set up a backyard camp with the kids. Naturally, you’ll start to prep your backyard by cleaning the swimming pool and mowing the lawn. While cleaning, you might realize that your home has become a breeding ground to a scourge of voracious mosquitoes, but you can’t seem to figure out why. So, how do mosquitoes breed around your property? Read on to find out.
The mosquito life cycle has four stages: the egg, larva, pupa, and adult.
Various egg sizes exist due to the different mosquito species. Typically, the eggs are tinier than pepper grains. Besides that, the egg type and disposition form determine which species is present. Additionally, if the eggs are floating on water (permanent water eggs), these types will hatch within two days. Other egg types include floodwater eggs. All these mosquitoes require water to lay.
For instance, the culex mosquito lays permanent water eggs typically in birdbaths, gutters, and inside tires. In comparison, the Aedes mosquitoes will lay their eggs and hatch on vegetation growing in flooding areas.
Mosquito larvae, a.k.a. wrigglers, stay in the water. However, they will swim to the surface to suck air using their “siphon.” Not every mosquito has a siphon. The Anopheles mosquito, for instance, has spiracles.
Like the larvae, pupae must come onto the surface to breathe oxygen using appendages referred to as trumpets. Additionally, since their mouths are inside their bodies, pupae don’t feed. Instead, they rely on the larvae energy reserves.
The adult stage is the final phase. This stage occurs when the pupae split open and the adult mosquito comes to the surface. Surprisingly, it only takes four minutes for the hatching to complete.
Female mosquitoes are especially troubling to humans and animals because of their blood-feeding habits. They typically live for over one month and will need a blood meal to lay eggs. These female mosquitoes rely on different cues such as carbon dioxide, body heat, and scent to get suitable hosts. In comparison, male mosquitoes don’t feed on blood, and they only live for about two weeks.
While there are more than 80 mosquito species in Florida, The University of Florida highlights five species to be more dangerous to Florida residents.
Despite what you may think, it doesn’t take much for your home to become a mosquito breeding site.
Now that you know how mosquitos breed, you’re probably wondering if there’s anything you can do to get rid of them. Mosquito control primarily focuses on reducing the existing breeding sites around your property. You can achieve this through the following measures.
Note that mosquito traps such as bug zappers and other commonly advertised devices are ineffective in reducing mosquito populations.
Home preventive measures are not sufficient to keep mosquitoes out of your property. Remember, different mosquito species carry bacteria and viruses such as the West Nile and La Crosse. And, some mosquito bites can lead to life-threatening conditions like Encephalitis. Effective mosquito control requires proper inspections, elimination of breeding sites, and specialized treatment. The team at McDonald Pest Control can offer customized mosquito treatments. For more information, call us at 727-734-0963 today to schedule a free consultation. Check out our coupons as well!