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
Egg Larva Pupa Adult
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.

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