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What is the Life Cycle of a Mosquito?

With about 60 species in the Mid-Atlantic alone and over 3,500 worldwide, the mosquito may be the most notorious pest on earth. From birth to death, the life cycle of a mosquito is around 30 days. All mosquitoes go through four stages in life: egg, larvae, pupae, and adult.

Egg

An adult female mosquito lays batches of eggs either on or near a source of water. These eggs often form rafts that float. Rafts contain up to 200 mosquito eggs that may wait months to hatch in unsuitable conditions, but larvae typically emerge in just a few days.

Larvae

Once hatched, the pests move on to the next step in the mosquito life cycle. Larvae feed in the water for up to 14 days. Different from adult mosquitoes, these juvenile pests resemble white worms. Mosquito larvae are adept swimmers, often diving to the bottom to avoid predators and eat plant or animal matter.

Pupae

During the pupal stage of the mosquito life cycle, the insects do not eat. This can last as few as two days. While in this form, mosquito pupae cling to the top of the water to rest and grow. When this phase is complete, an adult mosquito emerges.

Adult

As adults, mosquitoes exist to feed and reproduce. All of these mature insects may eat sugars from plants, but only females can drink blood. Once they bite an animal or human, the pests use the blood they collect to develop their eggs and restart the mosquito reproductive cycle. Adults live for about two weeks.

Mosquito Control

Homeowners can help control these insects and stop the mosquito life cycle by eliminating potential habitats. Draining any stagnant water from the yard helps a great deal. Call the professionals at Western Pest Services to develop a custom treatment plan.