Bloodthirsty mosquitoes take the fun out of a cool night chilling with friends and family outdoors. Their bites are itchy and can become infected. They carry deadly diseases.
You can eliminate mosquitoes effectively only when you know how to deal with them at every stage of the life cycle, from eggs to larvae and pupae, and finally in adulthood. It is the adult female mosquito that bites and spreads diseases.
A typical female lays clumps of a hundred to 300 eggs every three days. They need water to thrive. A mosquito will lay eggs on a softdrink bottle cap with an inch of water. Therefore, every puddle or standing water is a potential breeding site for mosquitoes.
If you do not remove pools of water, empty containers that catch rainwater, puncture old tires and maintain birdbaths and swimming pools regularly, you will be harboring mosquitoes year round.
Wrigglers and tumblers
Larvae emerge from mosquito eggs, now called “wrigglers.” They swim in a wriggly way and can hang from the water’s surface. When they turn into pupae or “tumblers,” the creatures have protection within a cocoon.
Larvae are more vulnerable than pupae, and so you can easily reduce mosquito populations if you can eliminate larvae. Experts of insect control here in Salt Lake City will insist that efforts are eradicating mosquito populations at the early stages of their lifespan.
It only takes four days for pupae to emerge as adults. It takes a day or two for the insects to develop fully, and start looking out for food. Females will lay eggs after sucking human or animal blood, and each adult female, given the chance and finding adequate blood to feed on, will keep laying eggs for a month or two months.
When you have an infested yard, consider adding insects and other animals that feed on mosquitoes.
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