Mosquito 101: Locations, Habits, & Prevention

Mosquitos are one of the most common household pests. They are known for ruining barbecues, fires, and other outdoor activities. When the weather warms up, mosquitoes start to come out.

Here in San Joaquin County. We have at least six different species of mosquitoes. The primary mosquito species found are the Aedes, Anopheles, and Culex Mosquitoes. Among these three types, Aedes is the most common mosquito in California.

As the warmer weather comes upon us, there are four mosquito facts that everyone should be aware of. Our mosquito control experts breakdown mosquito life cycles, breeding habits, favorite locations and how to prevent mosquitoes from biting you and your family.

Life Cycles

There are 4 stages of a mosquito‘s life cycle.

  • Egg
  • Larva
  • Pupa
  • Adulthood

Once the mosquito reaches maturity, the insect will have a life cycle of anywhere between 4 days to 2 months, depending on gender. Weather conditions and the type of species also affect their life cycle drastically. Although a mosquito’s life span is short, female mosquitoes lay hundreds of eggs.

Breeding Habits

Both male and female mosquitoes are, simply put, born to eat and mate. Though both genders tend to mate only once, females can live for several weeks after mating, whereas males usually die within one week.

A female mosquito will feed, lay eggs, feed again and lay more eggs. Each deposit of eggs ranges from dozens to hundreds. She will lay her eggs either on top of an existing body of water or moist ground, depending on what species she is.

Favorite Locations

Mosquitos never wander far from where they are born. Sometimes, they may fly up to 1 or 2 miles for breeding purposes. However, this is uncommon, and most Central California species stay within a short distance of their breeding grounds.

Mosquitos prefer being around stagnant water or moist land and thrive in warmer temperatures. These locations range from a bottle cap, tree holes with water to agricultural areas. In such environments, you can be sure that mosquitos are never far.

Bite Prevention

Not all mosquitoes bite. Most of the mosquitos that bite are females. Females bite to extract the protein and amino acids stored in blood. Mosquitos need these vital fluids to lay eggs, and it is crucial to know that they will be prevalent near their breeding grounds. While at home, removing the smallest amount of standing water in your yard can limit mosquito presence.

Many of these mosquitoes get their blood meal at dawn, dusk and after dark, however, there are those that will bite during the daytime as well. In these situations cover up when possible and use mosquito repellent. There are many with the active ingredients DEET, picaridin, IR3535, or oil of lemon eucalyptus, always apply as directed on the product label.

Protect Your Home from Mosquitos

Nothing can be more irritating than mosquitos buzzing around you and your family at night, so make sure your doors and windows have screens that fit tightly and do not have holes. At Valley Pest Solutions, our team knows how to inspect your home and business to help control mosquitoes and can keep your home and business pest free.

If you would find out more about our techniques and mosquito prevent services, call Valley Pest Solutions today.