Mosquitoes are an annoyance. Not only are they responsible for irritating bites, but they can also carry diseases like Dengue Fever that can pose a serious health risk for humans and pets. Mosquitoes thrive in environments with plenty of water supply. In fact, a source of water is essential for a mosquito’s reproductive cycle. In your home, this may include buckets, fishponds, pools, drink bottles and the bottom of pot plants. Hot and humid environments are also ideal for a mosquito to breed and survive.

Identifying a mosquito infestation is rather easy, as you will see a lot of mosquitos and likely have a lot of bites! Recognising an infestation in its early stages can be more difficult, so it’s important to understand the lifecycle of a mosquito so that you can spot them from the early stages.

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Mosquito Life Cycle

A mosquito’s life cycle is made up of four stages: egg, larvae, pupae and adult. Eggs are most commonly laid in stagnant or still water. They are laid singly or stick together in ‘rafts’ which contain anywhere from 100 to 300 mosquito eggs. A raft of mosquito eggs is easier to identify as they float on the water's surface.

Larvae hatch from eggs within 7 days of being laid. Larvae grow up to 5mm in length and can be easily spotted in the water due to being extremely active - they are commonly called ‘wrigglers’. If you spot a group of larvae wriggling in the water, you will soon have an infestation of adult mosquitoes.

Up to 10 days after the eggs have hatched, the larvae enter the pupal stage of the life cycle. Pupae are visible on the surface of the water and live in a cocoon for up to four days before emerging to dry off their wings to prepare for leaving the water as an adult mosquito. The size of an adult mosquito can vary, however are not likely to exceed 1.5mm long. Mosquitoes are not likely to live longer than 7 days.

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Mosquito Prevention

Reduce the likelihood of a mosquito infestation by regularly cleaning or eliminating potential breeding sites around your home. This includes tyres, buckets, birdbaths, pools and ponds where water can stagnate. Keeping lawns and gardens tidy to reduce areas where adult mosquitoes can rest and fix any leaking taps. Mosquitoes can breed in even the smallest amounts of water!

Annual Pest Management has sophisticated technology to identify mosquitoes at every stage of life. Our technicians will conduct an in-depth analysis to identify problem areas and can perform one-off treatments or long-term management solutions. To ensure the wellbeing of your household or workplace, we use environmentally friendly ingredients that are non-toxic to children and pets.

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