Mosquitoes(Culicidae)
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Mosquitoes are the most notorious biting insect in the world today. Outdoors, it’s not uncommon to have a minefield of mosquitoes that swarm your skin any time you step on your yard. Indoors, they can hover around slowly and land on you at all times of day, causing itchy bumps and, in some cases, disease.

SCIENCE INFORMATION

  • Official Name: Culicidae
  • Length: 15mm
  • Color: Light Brown
  • Poisonous: No
  • Cause of Distress: Itchy Bites, Illness

LIFE CYCLE OF MOSQUITOES

Mosquitoes breed very quickly. The average female will lay as many as 100 eggs or more. Each one will hatch and feed on bacteria in the water, remaining in the water until they have matured. Once mature, male mosquitoes generally feed only on plant material, but the female mosquitoes require the protein of mammal blood in order to lay eggs, and will start to feed on humans and animals to obtain that protein. Mosquitoes live anywhere from 10 days to 100 days.

MOSQUITOES AS PESTS

Female mosquitoes require blood to reproduce, and will bite any mammal they see in order to get that blood. Mosquito bites cause itchy welts and inflammation that can last anywhere from days to weeks. Some people are especially sensitive. Scratching these bites can also lead to infection. Mosquitoes are also known to carry some forms of disease, the most notable being West Nile Virus, which can be deadly and often lead to flu like symptoms. Presence of a few mosquitoes inside the home on a daily basis also generally indicates a larger invasion outdoors.

HOW TO PREVENT MOSQUITO INVASIONS

FMosquitoes are outdoor pests, so if you’re seeing a lot of mosquitoes inside of your home it generally means that you have an outdoor mosquito problem. Make sure you’re taking away any standing water, which mosquitoes use to breed.