Knowledge is power when it comes to preventing mosquitoes
There are about 3000 species of mosquitoes world-wide, and only a few are carriers of disease. So that’s the good news. The bad news? All species bite.
Blood to feed the eggs
Hatching into larvae
However, even in this early stage, the larvae aren’t defenseless. When in danger, they can wiggle and swim in an ‘s’ motion. This allows them to avoid predators or displacement of water, and return to the surface again afterwards.
Pupa – rest time
Adult suckers are ready to fly
And so, the cycle begins again.
Each specie is different
The complete cycle differs from one breed to the next. Some take as little as four days, while others can take months. Temperatures affect maturation times, too. For example, the culex tarsalis takes 14 days to go through this cycle at 20°C, but only ten days at 26°C.
While every breed is different, they all required still or stagnant water for the first three stages.
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