How Long Do Mosquitoes Live [Interesting Findings]
Do you often hear that dreaded buzzing sound when you are in your yard or patio?
Are you interested in learning about how long mosquitoes live for? Well then you’ll be pleased to know the short answer is, not for very long!
In this article we will be looking into the life cycle of the mosquito, what mosquitoes eat (it’s not just blood) and how long mosquitoes live for.
Some pests make little to no noise before biting a human. That can’t be said for mosquitoes however, I’m sure you’ve heard that annoying high-pitched buzz of a mosquito flying by your head. I would imagine just reading this, you’ll be able to relate to this sound.
Mosquitoes are annoying, but their bites are equally annoying and often result in an itchy nightmare.
That’s why people spend a lot of time researching ways to keep mosquitoes away from their yards.
When you’re trying to eliminate any pest, it often helps to know some background information about it such as it’s lifespan, life cycle and habitat.
Where do Mosquitoes live?
Mosquitoes like wet areas, especially stagnant water that has green pond life floating on the surfaces.
If it’s rained recently and you’ve got plenty of water logged areas or puddles in your yard, this is a perfect breeding ground.
Start to think along the lines of any areas which allow water to build up over long periods of time. If you have a swimming pool in your yard that hasn’t been cleaned in sometime. Empty plant pots that collect water, barrels or bbqs that haven’t been used in years collecting water outside. Birdbaths that haven’t been cleaned.
You get the idea.
They don’t like fast running water, as it puts their eggs and larva in danger. It also causes problems with the growth of one of their main food sources: algae.
The Mosquito Life Cycle
During their life cycle they go through four stages, the first three are in water.
Mosquitoes pass through four stages in their life cycle: egg, larva, pupa and adult.
First stage: Mosquito Eggs
Before a female lays eggs, she must have a blood meal. This allows her eggs to grow and develop fully. It also happens to be the only reason a female mosquito bites a human or animal.
Once the mosquito has found a blood meal, she will then look to lay her eggs in a moist area. Areas that are often prone to flooding or where water is stagnant.
These mosquito eggs may hatch after a few days of being flooded, but fully developed larvae can stay within the eggs for up to a year depending on conditions.
Second stage: Mosquito Larva
Once the mosquito eggs hatch they are known as larva. These larvae otherwise known as wigglers or wrigglers live within the water.
These larvae are filter feeders, they ingest microscopic bacteria by vibrating their mouth brushes, collecting matter and small organisms from the water.
Third stage: Mosquito pupa
Mosquito pupae are normally quite active and are often referred to as “tumblers” due to their speedy tumblinglike movement. Mosquito pupae live underneath the water’s surface, they are able to breath through two respiratory horns.
They don’t feed at this stage of the mosquito life cycle and normally spend 2 to 7 days at this stage before transforming into an adult mosquito.
Fourth stage: Adult Mosquitoes
The final stage of the mosquito life cycle, most species of mosquitoes go from an egg to an adult in around 5 days but it can take up to 40.
Mosquitoes are tiny flying insects made up of a small head, two antennae, a proboscis, two large eyes, a thorax, a pair of wings and six legs.
Mosquitoes come out of the pupa with two main things on their agenda. They want to breed and feed, normally in that order.
Male mosquitoes can live up to 10 days, but on average between 5 and 7 days.
Mosquitoes tend to mate a few days after entering the fourth stage in the life cycle. The male mosquitoes form large swarms, normally at dusk and the female mosquitoes fly into the swarms to mate.
Male mosquitoes continue to mate as many times as they can until they die, whereas female mosquitoes tend to mate once. The life cycle of the average mosquito tends to take up to 10 days.
Female mosquitoes produce one batch of eggs for every time they bite you, some mosquitoes can lay up to 200 eggs.
Scary thought right.
Mosquito Food sources
Male mosquitoes like to feed on sugary fluids and nectar, male mosquitoes do not feed on blood. They thrive during the summer months. So when you hear that buzz around your head flowed swiftly by a bite, that’ll be a female mosquito draining your blood.
They begin hunting as soon as the sun goes down, searching for a warm-blooded host such as humans, dogs, cats and wildlife.
Lactic acid from our sweat combined with carbon dioxide which we exhale makes us for a delicious aroma which attracts the mosquitoes.
Mosquitoes are capable of picking up our scent from up to 100 feet away, they also can sense us moving and our body heat allowing them to hone in on their target.
How long do mosquitoes live?
So there we have it, female mosquitoes can live up to a month whereas the male lifespan is much shorter.
They are present during all seasons but particularly like summer and spring.
Mosquito prevention tip: To keep mosquitoes out of your garden, remove any stagnant water (think along the lines of swimming pool covers, clogged gutters and plant pots). These are the ideal places that mosquitoes will seek out to lay their eggs.
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