As a member of the American Mosquito Control Assn, I thought that some of you might be interested in some information about the mosquito Life Cycle. I find that the more we understand, the better to control the problem. Controlling the problem at the source can often be the key. Here is an article taken from the AMCA website.
The mosquito goes through four separate and distinct stages of its life cycle: Egg, Larva, Pupa, and Adult. Each of these stages can be easily recognized by its special appearance. If you already know about the life cycle... or just have no interest, scroll down to the bottom for hints on how to reduce the population of biting bugs in your own environment.* Egg: Eggs are laid one at a time or attached together to form "rafts." They float on the surface of the water. In the case of Culexand Culisetaspecies, the eggs are stuck together in rafts of up to 200. Anopheles, Ochlerotatus,and Aedes, as well as many other genera, do not make egg rafts, but lay their eggs singly. Culex, Culiseta, and Anopheles lay their eggs on the water surface while many Aedes and Ochlerotatuslay their eggs on damp soil that will be flooded by water. Most eggs hatch into larvae within 48 hours; others might withstand subzero winters before hatching. Water is a necessary part of their habitat.
Larva: The larva (plural - larvae) lives in the water and comes to the surface to breathe. Larvae shed (molt) their skins four times, growing larger after each molt. Most larvae have siphon tubes for breathing and hang upside down from the water surface. Anopheles larvae do not have a siphon and lie parallel to the water surface to get a supply of oxygen through a breathing opening. Coquillettidia and Mansonia larvae attach to plants to obtain their air supply. The larvae feed on microorganisms and organic matter in the water. During the fourth molt the larva changes into a pupa.
Pupa: The pupal stage is a resting, non-feeding stage of development, but pupae are mobile, responding to light changes and moving (tumble) with a flip of their tails towards the bottom or protective areas. This is the time the mosquito changes into an adult. This process is similar to the metamorphosis seen in butterflies when the butterfly develops - while in the cocoon stage - from a caterpillar into an adult butterfly. In species in the southern United States this takes about two days in the summer. When development is complete, the pupal skin splits and the adult mosquito (imago) emerges.
Adult: The newly emerged adult rests on the surface of the water for a short time to allow itself to dry and all its body parts to harden. The wings have to spread out and dry properly before it can fly. Blood feeding and mating does not occur for a couple of days after the adults emerge. How long each stage lasts depends on both temperature and species characteristics. For instance, Culex tarsalis, a common California (USA) mosquito, might go through its life cycle in 14 days at 70° F and take only 10 days at 80° F. On the other hand, some species have naturally adapted to go through their entire life cycle in as little as four days or as long as one month.
*Now you can understand how standing water around your environment can be the likely breeding ground for the mosquitoes that plague you. I have mentioned before that cheap cooking oil on water can stop the mosquitoes from breeding in your yard. It will not harm your plants or fountain, however, if you have fish, frogs or newts in your water, they will eat the larvae and solve the problem without the oil. NO MORE BITES ON ME, when used as directed, will keep the bugs off you without putting toxic chemicals on your skin. SHAKE WELL before and during use to make sure that the contents are emulsified. We know that oil and water don't mix. Since there are both oil and water based ingredients in our spray this is important to know. Emulsifier ingredients make the product thicker and so that it doesn't spray well so we don't include any in the Formula.
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