Mosquito Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

How long does a mosquito live?

On average a mosquito’s life span is typically 2-3 weeks however  for the lucky mosquitoes who can find a hideout for the winter such as a garage, culvert, or attic, have a chance of living for up to 6 months.

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Where do mosquitoes breed?

All mosquitoes require water to complete the 3 of 4 stages of their life cycle. For this reason, female mosquitoes need an area with stagnate or slow moving water to lay their eggs. Water sources that mosquitoes will use as breeding areas include places like tree holes, puddles, storm drains, water troughs, bird baths, old tires, any kind of container that contains standing water for at least 4-7 days.

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How many eggs does a mosquito lay?

One female mosquito can lay anywhere between 100 to 300 eggs at one time, in her lifetime she can lay between 1,000 and 3,000 eggs. That is why it is so important to eliminate all possible breeding sites or apply larvacide which prevents the larva from becoming adult mosquitoes.
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How long does it take for a mosquito larva to go through all four stages?

A mosquito can go through all four stages in a matter of 4-14 days depending on water temperature. The ideal water temperature for mosquito larva to thrive in is 75*F to 80*F.

Graphic: Mosquito Lifestyle

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Why do mosquitoes feed on blood?

Female mosquitoes are the ones that bite. Blood is full of proteins and amino acids, which is what is required to produce eggs. Male mosquitoes only feed on nectar. Male Mosquitoes cannot transmit mosquito-borne illnesses.

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How far can a mosquito fly in it lifetime?

An average mosquito can fly anywhere between 1 and 7 miles from its breeding site, depending on the supply of “blood hosts”. Mosquitoes will not fly farther than they have to, to find food.

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What attracts a mosquito to Humans, and why are some people more attractive to mosquitoes than others?

Photo: CampingIt is a combination of scent, sight, and heat to locate the blood hosts. Mosquitoes are attracted to the carbon dioxide we exhale from up to 100 feet away. Dark colored clothing and the changes of waves of light from your movement will also attract them. Perfumes and colognes will also attract them.

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How many different species of mosquitoes are there?

Worldwide there is estimated to be 3,000 different species. Approximately 150 of those species are known to be found in North America.

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Where do mosquitoes go in the winter?

Photo: WinterMosquitoes like most insects are cold blooded creatures. As a result, they are incapable of regulating their own body heat and their temperature is essentially the same as their surroundings.  Mosquitoes function best at 80*F, become lethargic at 60*F and cannot function below 50*F. Adult mosquitoes become inactive with the onset of cool weather and enter hibernation to live through the winter. Some kinds of mosquitoes have winter hardy eggs and hibernate as embryos in eggs laid by the last generation of females in late summer. The eggs are usually submerged under ice and hatch in spring when water temperatures rise. Other kinds of mosquitoes overwinter as adult females. They mate in the fall, enter hibernation in animal burrows, hallow logs or basements and pass the winter in a state of torpor. In spring, the females emerge from hibernation, Find a blood meal and lay their eggs that produce the next generation of adults. A limited number of mosquitoes overwinter in the larval stage, often buried in the mud of freshwater swamps.  When temperatures rise in spring, these mosquitoes begin feeding, complete their immature growth and eventually emerge as adults to continue their kind.

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Can Mosquitoes transmit AIDS?

No. Mosquitoes cannot transmit AIDS, because not only do they not hold enough blood in their mouth parts to spread the disease, but they also digest the virus that causes AIDS.

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When do mosquitoes feed?

Most mosquitoes feed at dusk and dawn. Generally most mosquitoes do not like direct sunlight but if you live or are active in a wooded shady area it is possible the mosquitoes will be out all day.

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What are the different methods of mosquito control that I can use to get rid of mosquitoes?

One way of reducing mosquito bites is to wear repellant to reduce the possibility of contracting the West Nile Virus.

Eliminating mosquito breeding sites by draining any unnecessary standing water if possible if not possible; apply larvacide that you can purchase at any feed or garden supply store.

Adult mosquito spraying is also an effective way to control mosquitoes until the next mosquito “hatch”, if the stagnant water around your house is not treated with larvacide.

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