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At No Mosquitoes, we spend a lot of time talking about mosquito control in Winston Salem, NC, but we don’t talk a lot about the life of a mosquito. In order to understand the best methods to control mosquitoes, it’s also important to understand their life cycle. With that in mind, here’s a quick guide to the birth and growth of mosquitoes.

It Begins with the Eggs

Chances are, you already know the reason you should get rid of standing water is so mosquitoes can’t lay their eggs. But do you know anything about the process?

As it turns out, mosquito eggs are laid one at a time or attached together to form “rafts.” They float on the surface of the water and depending on the species, they can be stuck together in rafts of up to 200. Other species like the AnophelesOchlerotatus and Aedes, don’t make egg rafts but lay their eggs singly.

Breeding moves fast though, so if you see mosquito eggs, most of them hatch into larvae within just 48 hours.

Next, They Become Larvae

After they hatch, the larvae live in the water and come to the surface to breathe. During this stage of their lives, larvae shed their skins four times, actually growing larger after each molt. The larvae feed on microorganisms and organic matter that are present in the water. During the fourth molt the larva change into a pupa.

If you see larvae, it may not be too late to dump the water. Without the water, they don’t have the nutrients they need to grow into a pupa.

Then Comes the Pupa Stage

Just like a caterpillar turning into a butterfly, the pupa has a resting stage before it becomes a mosquito. The pupal stage is a resting, non-feeding stage of development, but, unlike a caterpillar in a chrysalis, they are mobile. Pupae are able to respond to light changes and are able to move with a flip of their tails towards the bottom or protective areas. In the Culex species in the southern United States, this process can take about two days in the summer. When this development is complete, the pupal skin splits and the adult mosquito is able to emerge.

Finally, An Adult Mosquito

The new mosquito doesn’t immediately burst into flight and biting people though. The newly emerged adult rests on the surface of the water for a little while to make sure it is fully dry and all its body parts are hardened. The wings must spread out and dry properly before it can fly.  Blood-feeding and mating

If it hatches, you actually still have a little time. Blood-feeding and mating does not occur for a couple of days after it emerges. Though, once it is an adult, it is ready to cause bug bites and spread all sorts of diseases. If all eggs make it all the way to fruition, you could have a huge mosquito problem on your hands.

Ready to Stop the Cycle?

If you have a mosquito problem, we at No Mosquitoes definitely recommend you get the mosquito control you need in Winston Salem. We have been in the mosquito control business for over 30 years. We take this job seriously and take pride in our professional attitude when it comes to mosquito control. Over the last 30 years we have dedicated ourselves to learning and improving how we approach every home’s unique mosquito infestation. Over this time we have developed the best and most effective way to take control over these pesky pests. You can trust us. If you’re ready to get started, contact us today.