Mosquitoes Need Water To Reproduce
Mosquitoes must have water and they can reproduce in as little as ¼ of an ounce. The best water for mosquito breeding is filled with organic matter, is not clean and is not chlorinated. Mosquitoes also need time to grow to maturity; this usually happens in 4 to 14 days depending on the water temperature. Don’t worry about areas that hold water after a hard rain as long as the water soaks into the earth or evaporates within 4 days.
If you have a mosquito problem, we suggest that you thoroughly inspect your property and look for any standing water, carefully inspecting it for larva by focusing on the water surface then slowly move your hand towards the water surface and look for any movement. If larva are present they will try to protect themselves by swimming away. If you watch carefully you will see them as they swim in a wiggling motion to the bottom.
The simplest way to kill the larva is to dump the water out of its container unless of course it can’t be emptied or too heavy to move.
If you cannot dump the water you can apply larvicide to the water. Since it is not possible to identify mosquito eggs, it’s a good idea to locate and dump or treat any standing water on a regular basis.
Some examples of prime breeding places are:
- French drains (connecting drainage pipes under ground)
- Gutters that are clogged or don’t drain properly
- Swimming Pool inflatables
- Baby Toys
- Sand Boxes
- Baby Pools
- Basketball Goals
- Umbrella stands or similar products designed to hold water that have been damaged or have caps removed that allow mosquitoes access.
- Swimming pool security fence tubes
- Bird Baths
In our next tip we will talk about some secret hiding places where mosquitoes breed…
Enjoy your tips,
Jeff C. White