Mosquitoes are more than just annoyances; they are notorious health hazards. Although they primarily feed on plant nectar, the females of most species require blood in order to lay eggs. Disease transmission happens when they bite their victims.
Knowing what makes mosquitoes tick matters to keep them under control. Here’s where and when they’re most active.
Near Large Bodies of Water
Water is a non-negotiable requirement for the breeding sites of these insects. Mosquitoes start as aquatic creatures. They are born in the water and stay there until they are ready to enter adulthood.
If you live close to a body of water, natural or artificial, there is a good chance that you will see countless adult mosquitoes actively flying in a swarm. It is the most important activity for mosquito reproduction.
Mosquitoes thrive in humidity. In fact, their activity is great in high-humidity conditions as well as warm temperatures. Most species find 80 degrees extremely favorable.
More rain means greater mosquito reproduction. Frequent rainfall allows eggs to develop at a normal rate and helps decrease mortality. While mosquito larvae can survive as long as there is moisture in the environment, their development slows when there is a low water level.
Since mosquitoes are not strong flyers, they try to avoid precipitation and strong wind as much as possible. After completing their pupal stage, these insects instinctively look for somewhere dry to continue their development away from the elements.
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