The mosquito. It is most common pest and also the quickest to spread disease in North America. By understanding how the mosquito life cycle works, you can be better prepared to eliminate this annoying insect.
First of all, water is the main component to mosquito life since this is where mosquitoes lay their eggs. Mosquitoes are versatile and don’t care about the quality of type of water. The adult just lays its eggs somewhere where there is standing water. General areas around the home that can become egg infested are buckets with standing water, wheel barrels, and even potted plants. Basically, any container that holds water for a period of time is a breeding ground. Most eggs hatch into larvae within 48 hours.
The pupa stage, which lasts about two days, is the time when the mosquito turns to an adult. Don’t worry about being bitten during this stage; mosquitoes do not eat for these couple of days. The newly emerged adult rests on the surface of the water for a short amount of time and allows itself to dry. This gives its body time to harden and for its wings to be able to fly.
The adult female has to feed and get plenty of blood meal before she can develop eggs. Without the blood meal, the mosquito will die without producing viable eggs, though there are a few species of mosquito that do not need a blood meal.
The usual life span of the average mosquito is a very short span of time. Most males live about a week and females live about a month depending on certain environmental factors. The best step anyone can take to prevent mosquito infestation is standing water removal. Use preparation to keep you and your family safe.