There are about 200 different species of mosquitoes, all of which live in specific habitats, exhibit unique behaviors and bite different types of animals. In spite of these conflicts, all mosquitoes share a few basic traits, such as a four-stage living cycle. After the female mosquito gets a blood meal (male mosquitoes do not bite), she puts her eus directly on the surface of dead water, in a depression, or on the border of a container where rainwater may collect and flood the egg. The eggs hatch and a mosquito larva or “wriggler” erneehrva I,es in the water, feeds and develops into the third stage of the life cycle called a pup r “tumbler”. The pupa as well exists in the water, but no longer eats. Finally, the mosquito comes out from the pupal case and the water as a fully evolved adult, set up to bite.
Mosquito Breading sites: –
Portions of marshes, swamps, clogged.ditches and temporary pools and puddles are all prolific mosquito breeding sites. Other sites in which some species lay their eggs include tree holes and containers such as old tries, buckets, toys, potted plant trays and saucers and plastic covers or tarpaulins. A few of the most irritating and possibly unsafe mosquito species, such as the Asian tiger mosquito, come up from these places.
- Empty standing water In old tires, cemetery urns, buckets, plastic covers, toys, or any other container where “wrigglers” and “tumblers” live. • Empty and change the water in bird baths, fountains, wading pools, min barrels, and potted plant trays at least once a week if not rnore often. • Hold swimming pools processed and circulating and rainwater sewers unclogged. • Be sure window and door screens are “bug tight”. • Replace your outdoor lights with yellow “bug” lights.