Tips for Preventing Mosquito Population Growth
One of the easiest and surest ways to manage mosquitoes around the home is to eliminate standing water where mosquitoes can lay eggs:
- Remove or regularly clean objects that permit water pooling such as bird baths.
- Keep your gutters clean.
- Fix leaky pipes.
- Fill in garden space that creates natural pools.
- Ensure that drips from air conditioning units are running free and evaporating.
- Fill in tree rot holes and hollow stumps that hold water with sand or concrete.
- Keep grass cut short and shrubbery well trimmed around the house, so adult mosquitoes will not hide there.
- Cover trash containers to keep out rainwater, and drill holes in bottom of trash containers so any water can drain out.
|The Mosquito Life Cycle|
|Eggs are laid one at a time, or in clusters, and they float on the surface of the water. Most eggs hatch into larvae within 48 hours.||The larval stage is always aquatic and shuttles from the subsurface where it filter feeds on micro-organisms. This stage can last approximately 4-6 days.||Pupae do not eat, they float at the top of the water, breathing through a tiny little tube.||The adult stage lasts about 7 days, the final process of development being the adult mosquito emerging from the pupa shell.|