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How long do mosquitoes live?

Mosquitoes are annoying, of course. During the warmer months, they emerge during dawn and dusk hours and start flying around. Mosquitoes bite, and can completely ruin a picnic, barbecue or any sort of outdoor activity. The itching and the red bumps are just part of what the problem is with mosquitoes.

Mosquitoes are also the most dangerous animals on the planet. The number of diseases for which they are vectors is impressive for such a small flying insect. They cause illness and deaths of thousands of people around the world and the list of diseases associated with them seems to grow every year.

How long do mosquitoes live? It's one of the questions the pest control specialists at Ehrlich get asked the most. The truth is, they are not quite as short-lived as flies and the mosquito lifespan depends on whether or not it's a male or female mosquito.

If you have a mosquito problem around your property, contact your local Ehrlich Pest Control office today and discuss the mosquito treatment options available.

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The mosquito life cycle

Mosquitoes start out their lives like most insects - as eggs. What you may not know is that mosquitoes, when they are first born, are aquatic. Female mosquitoes will lay eggs in any standing water they find The average female mosquito does not need much water in which to lay the eggs.

This is why even a rain shower and the subsequent puddles can lead to mosquitoes laying eggs. These eggs can even cling to each other, forming egg rafts within the water. Mosquitoes must lay their eggs in stagnant water which means even a small disturbance is enough to destroy the eggs or prevent a female from laying eggs.

Once the eggs hatch, the larvae emerge which are aquatic in nature, swimming in the stagnant water. Sometimes they are eaten by fish.Stocking a backyard pond with fish that are known to eat mosquito larvae can help reduce the mosquito population. The mosquito larvae float close to the surface, their bodies adapted to breathing near the surface of the water. From there, the larva molt and grow.

Once the mosquitoes reach the pupa stage, they enter a resting mode. During this stage, the mosquito do move, but they do not feed.  Waiting for their chance to turn into the adult mosquito, mosquito pupae have tails, almost like tadpoles. They are just.

Once the pupa changes into an adult, with legs and wings forming, they come to the surface and sit there, resting on the top of the water itself, drying off. Once their wings are dry, pupa fly into the air and set about looking for blood meals to continue to grow and eventually mate and lay eggs to start the cycle all over again.

So, as for how long mosquitoes live. This entire life cycle for a female can last anywhere from 42 - 56 days. For the male mosquito, the average lifespan is about 10 days.

What kind of mosquitoes are most dangerous?

There are actually species of mosquito that do not carry disease and some that don't even bite. In fact, even in North America, the male mosquitoes do not bite and, instead, feed on plant nectar. However, the female mosquitoes in North America need blood in order to lay their eggs and that makes them dangerous.

The mosquito that has gained the most attention in recent years is the Aedes aegypti. That's because this species of mosquito is the one that carries the Zika virus. However, it also carries Yellow Fever and other diseases.

Aedes Albopictus, or the Asian Tiger Mosquito, is also a potential carrier of Zika. However, these blood-feeders are also known to carry West Nile and some forms of encephalitis which can also be fatal.

Culex Pipiens is the Northern House Mosquito and probably the species of mosquito most common. If you are outside while the sun in setting and hear buzzing in your ears, it's probably this species of mosquito. They are also known to carry the deadly West Nile virus.

Culex Tarsalis is a breed that tends to hatch and fly in large numbers. They also have shown to carry West Nile and are usually more abundant in the Western half of the United States.

There are others. Of course, some species of mosquito from other parts of the world can be transferred to the United States in packaging. Eggs can be transported in stagnant water, too. Thus, there are times when some foreign species of mosquito can get footholds and end up in the U.S.

Getting rid of mosquitoes

Probably one of the best ways to get rid of mosquitoes is to make sure there is no stagnant water around your property. Get rid of puddles by mopping them up. If you have a backyard fish pond, get an agitator that will cause the water to keep moving and prevent female mosquitoes from laying eggs. You can also stock the pond with mosquito larvae eating fish to get rid of them before they become adults. Get rid of standing water in flower pots, old toys, debris in the yard and change the water in bird baths frequently.

There are other methods you can use to get rid of mosquitoes, but for that you should visit this page and learn more about how you can secure your property against mosquito invasions.

Ehrlich: Your local mosquito control experts

Ehrlich Pest Control specialists know the tricks of mosquitoes and how they breed. We know that mosquitoes live anywhere from 10 to 56 days depending on the species of mosquitoes and the sex, too. We know where they are likely to be laying their eggs and offer treatments that will get rid of eggs, larvae and pupae. We also make sure that adult mosquitoes do not want to hang around your property.

If you want to make sure that your spring or summer activities are outdoors and not bothered by mosquitoes, the most effective way is to contact your local Ehrlich Pest Control office. We will inspect your property and find the most likely areas where mosquitoes are breeding or resting during the day. We can get rid of them, and help prevent mosquitoes from returning.

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