Get the 411 About Mosquitoes

By Tami Salcido on Aug 02, 2023 at 05:26 PM in Articles
Get the 411 About Mosquitoes

Most mosquitoes are active during dusk and dawn, however, the female Aedes aka “ankle-biters” are aggressive daytime biters and prefer to feed on people. Yikes!

These mosquitoes are container breeders and need very little water to reproduce. Although water is required to complete their life cycle, it only takes a bottle cap of water and as little as 5-7 days for mosquitoes to emerge as an adult. 

The invasive, black-and-white mosquitoes can lay their eggs individually along the waterline of any container and can lay dormant for several years without water, and will hatch when conditions are right, and water is present. Being vigilant in removing standing water is necessary. 

Eliminating mosquito breeding sources from your property is critical and should be done weekly. Dump and drain any containers. Clean and scrub bird baths and pet water bowls. Run your water fountain for a few hours weekly. Dump water from potted plants, especially the water trapped between the leaves, and don’t forget the water in the saucers. Check any tarps or covers so that water isn’t trapped. Mosquitoes don’t fly far from the water source, so eliminating these water sources can reduce the number of mosquitoes on your property. They can bite and reproduce even in your home, so close all unscreened doors and windows and repair broken or damaged screens, remove any stagnant water that pools in your coffee tray, refrigerator water dispenser, flower vases, clothing steamer, just to name a few. 

Eliminating water sources will not provide immediate results; adult mosquitoes die off in approximately 10 days, but eliminating water sources reduces the number of larvae and pupae that will eventually emerge into biting adults.

Beyond the nuisance factor, mosquitoes can cause serious sicknesses. Before going outdoors, consider wearing long-sleeved shirts and long pants that are lighter-colored clothing, or consider an over-the-counter mosquito repellent, oil of lemon eucalyptus, or other active ingredients.  Here’s a tip we were told, place a fan near you to keep them from flying near you. Visit your local vector control organization for the most current public health notices and advisories. 

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